My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the police officer injured and the deceased criminal. This news article really illustrates what many of us have been saying about enforcing the laws on the books and keeping criminals in jail. (Emphasis mine through out)
A 32-year-old man who was fatally wounded during a shootout Tuesday in Haltom City that left a Fort Worth officer seriously injured was a convicted bank robber who was wanted on three drug-related warrants, records show.
Haltom City police had been trying to stop Cody Ira Loron of Fort Worth in his vehicle as part of a narcotics investigation when he led officers on a chase. He later ditched his vehicle and fled on foot, running to an auto body shop on Carson Street.
Fort Worth motorcycle officer John Bell and another officer had been visiting with the owner of 2nd Opinion Auto Center on an unrelated matter when they learned about the search. An employee then told the officers that the suspect was behind the business.
Cpl. Joe Hackfeld, a Haltom City police spokesman, said Loron was hiding inside a vehicle on the business’s lot.
The officers were looking for him when Loron opened fire, prompting at least one of the officers to return fire, officials say.
The family of the deceased criminal may not appreciate reading this but I feel it needs to be said. First, he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm — gun control failure.
Next, let’s look at his criminal history.
Federal court records show that in July 2002, Loron pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and three years supervised release.
His parole was revoked in February 2009 for violations that included failing to participate in random drug testing, using and possession of methamphetamines and cocaine, and associating with a known felon. He was sentenced to another year in federal prison and 18 months supervised release
In September 2010, his parole was revoked again after the court found he had used and possessed methamphetamine and failed to appear for drug testing. He was sentenced to another six months in prison, records show.
In Tarrant County, in November 2011, Loron received three years deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty to attempting to possess a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a state-jail felony.
Last month, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed a drug test and failed to appear in court, according to Tarrant County court records.
At that time, warrants were also issued on two other charges against Loron, one for possession of a controlled substance and the other for delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, both involving methamphetamines.
Pled guilty to only 1 count of bank robbery; does anyone believe that he only committed the one crime and pled guilty? I haven’t found his criminal charges yet but I’m betting he was charged with more then one crime and the prosecutor bargained away charges that could have kept him in jail much longer.
Then before he even completes probation, he is using drugs again and associating with known felons. This pattern is repeated over and over again.
We talk about the revolving door of the justice system and here it is.
5, 6 times this man had an opportunity to get his life together and be a part of society and each time the ‘justice system’ returned him to the streets after he proved he was unwilling to abide by the laws of society.
I’m not an advocate of the ‘War on (Some) Drugs’ by any means but I do believe that society has a responsibility to keep those who prove unable/unwilling to abide by the norms out of society.
This man proved that repeated. It wasn’t the gun, it wasn’t enough the justice system (as much as it played a part) that shot the officer; it was a man who broke the rules.
How will making it harder for Aunt Tilda or Jane Q. Citizen to get an AR-15 or Concealed Carry pistol affect crime like this?
It won’t and the antis know it. Don’t buy into the lie. Don’t forget one important part in all this — the Courts are just as much a part of the government as the Executive Branch and the Legislative branch. Government isn’t the solution, it is part of the problem folks.
Please join the discussion.