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Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 2:00 am

After barricading himself in a pickup, a robbery suspect killed himself late Tuesday night, ending a standoff that lasted for hours.

Kristopher L. Jones, 29, of Helena died at Kalispell Regional Medical Center a few hours after the incident.

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          • makenzie posted at 9:43 pm on Wed, Feb 24, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            bernlou....if u need anything or just want someone to talk to please call me..406-871-3153

          • bernlou posted at 8:05 pm on Wed, Feb 24, 2010.

            bernlou Posts: 1

            I am a family member of Khristopher and very proud to be part of this wonderful family! Many members of Kristophers family helped in several ways for many years. Always with open arms. He was loved very much and will be sadly missed. Everyone wishes and questions what they could have done differently, but no one here could have known this outcome! Try to realize it is still a shock and very much a loss in our family. We ARE human and do feel pain.

          • makenzie posted at 6:58 pm on Mon, Feb 8, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            sorry i missed your call today, i was in school...best time to get a hold of me is after 3:30 montana time....i dont get home from school until then...

          • makenzie posted at 10:44 pm on Sun, Feb 7, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            my cell is 871-3153

          • lifelessons posted at 9:25 pm on Sun, Feb 7, 2010.

            lifelessons Posts: 6

            I am finding that if find ways to be there for others, in whatever way I can does help. His children are 13 and 9. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Too bad this is public, I would like to be able to talk to you more about what you have been through. We will just have to do our best this way. I am thinking of you and praying for your healing in this.

          • makenzie posted at 8:01 pm on Sun, Feb 7, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            you are welcome...how old where his kids?
            are they getting some type of therapy?
            ...it has helped me out alot, also it has helped me get thru my loss when i help others in my situation such as your family

          • lifelessons posted at 2:47 pm on Sun, Feb 7, 2010.

            lifelessons Posts: 6

            Dear Makenzie,
            Thank you so much. Same for you as well. I will continue to check on this site periodically. My best to you.

          • makenzie posted at 8:02 pm on Thu, Feb 4, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            you are welcome ans if you need anything please let me know

          • lifelessons posted at 1:36 pm on Wed, Feb 3, 2010.

            lifelessons Posts: 6

            Thank you for your compassion, kind words and your prayers.

          • faithful reader posted at 11:46 pm on Tue, Feb 2, 2010.

            faithful reader Posts: 412

            photoguy, I'm so sorry for your loss but grateful for your perspective here. Your thoughtful expression of your experience moved me. I hope others here listened to what you said.

            To the family of the people involved in this tragedy, my prayers are with you. I can't imagine your grief and I hope you have a sturdy support system. Please don't let the comments of an ignorant person or two here increase your pain. Their opinions really don't matter.

          • makenzie posted at 6:49 pm on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            i will and you 2

          • lifelessons posted at 5:19 pm on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

            lifelessons Posts: 6

            Please take care of yourself.

          • makenzie posted at 4:02 pm on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            thank you.....

          • makenzie posted at 4:02 pm on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            thank you.....

          • makenzie posted at 4:02 pm on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            thank you.....

          • lifelessons posted at 1:46 pm on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

            lifelessons Posts: 6

            Thank you for your comments.

            Mckenzie, I am sorry for your loss. It is my wish that you are able to find some peace and solice. I will keep you in my thoughts.

            Photoguy, I have the same wish for you.

          • makenzie posted at 3:30 pm on Sun, Jan 31, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            thank you. i'm sorry for the loss that kristophers family is going thru. i know the effects that suicide has on a family....it does not help a family grieve a loss when they the hurtfull things had to say about their loved one...my father was involved with drinking and other things....i know that kris had alot of people that loved him and cared about him and its hard to understand why he took this tragic way out..but when you are mesed up on drugs you are not in the right state of mind..my father had been drinking the night his life came to a tragic end..had my father and kris not have been drinking the nigt they died they would most likely be here today.

          • micmren posted at 9:27 am on Sun, Jan 31, 2010.

            micmren Posts: 182

            lifelessons, so sorry for your loss. You too Makenzie. Honestly, the last thing I would expect would be a family member reading these comments, but that should not have stopped me from being more sensitive in my comments. There is a group that meets (at the Summit I believe) for survivors of suicide. I have never been to that group, but I think I highly of group therapy in general (TY Alex for the Chronic Pain Group). Sure hope someone gets his kids in to some sort of therapy. No matter how people feel about what he did, I'm sure we can all agree that his chidren are by far the number one victims in all of this. I will say a prayer for his children. .

          • lifelessons posted at 9:18 pm on Sat, Jan 30, 2010.

            lifelessons Posts: 6

            I am a member of Kristopher's family. I just found out today that his life came to a horrible and tragic end. I can feel nothing but sorrow for every person involved in this situation.
            When I chose to read the comments written about him, I knew that some of them would be very negative, but I am really appalled at the lack of compassion that has been shown by some of the people who have responded. In this country we live in, people have the right to say what they feel and wish to express, and I am grateful that this is the way of things. I am responding (and I have never done this before) because I wish for all people to understand something.
            Kristopher was loved, he was a person, not just a few lines in a newspaper article, and we, his family, are all experiencing great loss and tragedy. I believe that everyone can understand that, even those who have expressed harsh opinions and judgements about him and what happened. We are hurting and trying to cope with our loss.
            After reading what has been said to all three publications in your state, I would hope that no one else in my family sees the negative things that have been written and the judgements that have been made about us. I know how bad I am feeling about this tradegy and the negative comments made were very hurtful.
            Having said that, I looked at myself and have seen where I have held thoughts and opinions that would come across in the same fashion had I voiced them. I too, can think where I have made judgements about actions an individual has taken that caused me to be fearful and/or to feel intolerant of them. After reading the comments many of you have made, I now want to do everything in my power to be sure to consider the feelings of the family and loved ones involved. So, even in this time of great tragedy for my family, thank you all for showing me a way to make improvements in the way I treat others, both in thoughts and in actions. It is my hope and wish that none of you, regardless of what type of comment you made, ever have to experience any kind of tragedy like this. I wish you all the best.

          • makenzie posted at 6:14 pm on Sat, Jan 30, 2010.

            makenzie Posts: 19

            i'm one of the daughters of kenneth miller...he died march 13, of a self inflected gunshot wound to the head....my heart goes out to kristophers family at this difficult time...if kristophers family needs someone to talk to..i'm here to help them get thru this

          • cleanserene posted at 12:17 pm on Sat, Jan 30, 2010.

            cleanserene Posts: 61

            We have a right to our opinions, but do you guys really think it's right to bash him the way some of you are. He is not even around anymore to hear the feedback or defend himself. It is is family and friends that now have to deal with some of the name calling and slander that is happening which is creating additional victimization beyond Kris' actions.

            Mr. Mark, I agree with some of the insight with blaming doctors and pills. I don't think it's a matter of doctors or drugs being the problem, It's a sad case of ADDICTION being the problem. It is a horrible event for everybody involved. Trauma for those who were robbed, trauma for Kris' friends and family, and a shame for Kris himself that he never sought the help he needed to have a happy productive life. I cannot or will not say I am glad he killed himself, I believe we all have the ability to change and I am sad Kris never made that decision. I don't think he was an evil person. I believe his untreated addiction drove him to do what he did. And yes, it was his responsibility to seek and maintain help. The denial that goes along with addiction is unbelievable which often seeks people from getting help. It is sad.

            And micmren, yes medication does serve a great purpose for many people, nobody is disputing that, but to call him weak is erroneous. Addition is an acknowledged disease by the AMA. However, it can be treated. That is where Kris faultered in my opinion, by failing to take the action necessary to treat his disease.

          • micmren posted at 10:14 am on Sat, Jan 30, 2010.

            micmren Posts: 182

            I do feel for everyone involved in this tragedy, especially this man's family who are left behind wondering what they should have or could have done different. I chose to focus on a subject I know about and that was the pain pills themselves. I am tired of people blaming the pills. They help millions of people to function and have a quality of life and yet we have doctor's who are scared to prescribe them because of people like this who abuse them and the people left behind who refuse to assign blame where it belongs-on the person who abused them. The MT Spine and Pain Clinic has changed it's name and now has a policy of not prescribing (or at least avoiding prescribing) these meds-run by doctor's who have obviously never dealt with chronic pain-disgusting. They won't allow their doctor's to prescribe medical marijuana either. I hope another doctor or clinic will have the guts to pick up the slack for those patients who truly have a need (I thought that doctor's took an oath that included something about stopping pain?). We're now painting all chronic pain patients with the same "drug seeker" brush. I don't believe it's the medication. I do believe it's the person. Plenty of people take these pills legally as prescribed and it allows them a quality of life that most people take for granted. I was on these meds for a long time, I have an addictive personality, I realized I was getting to the point that I liked the pills too much and I made the choice to switch medications to avoid ever getting to this sort of lifestyle. It's called having responsibility for your own actions. People should try it, it's empowering. Stop blaming the doctor's or the medications. Blame the man. Feel bad for him if you like because he made mistakes, or better yet because he was a weak man. Just stop blaming anyone else. He was an adult and he was a weak, selfish man.

          • MrMark posted at 11:47 pm on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            MrMark Posts: 359

            BJ. You've taken a tough stance, but I stand beside you. You would have gotten more support on the Beacon! Oh yes. Lets blame it on the doctors for over prescribing and how he became addicted and he felt he had nowhere to go and no one to talk to. This loser had a family. He had kids. Children for God's sake! And drugs were more important that his kids!? He's had plenty of time to work this out and get straight, but no. He decided that this was the life that he enjoyed and didn't care about his children. He only cared about himself. I thank him for ending his miserable life and sparing the rest of us having to deal with him. He was a grown man. Don't ask "where was the family"! The blame lies solely on himself for taking the easy way out. The selfish, lazy and pathetic way out. I truly apologize to his kids and the rest of his family for my harsh statements. But deep down inside, I'd bet that they agree to some extent. I find it incredibly simplistic to blame doctors. Do you have any idea how busy they are? Granted, they put it on themselves and over book to reap maximum rewards. But there has got to be some personal responsibility for your actions! That's what's wrong with America today! Someone becomes addicted because they want to or they don't have enough moral character to realize that thoughts of stealing and putting other citizens in harms way is wrong. And I find it appalling that not a single one of the 22 comments (excluding BJ's) prior to Reality now's comments mentioned any concern for the 3 pharmacists who were put through the trauma of being held at gun point by this pathetic loser. Was that just no big deal? If you all were at 30 thousand feet and he wanted to get into the cabin, would any one of you have tried to break his neck? Or would you have put your arms around him and told him that you would get him the help he needed?

          • Reality now posted at 5:55 pm on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            Reality now Posts: 5

            Yes, it was a tragic ending to a terrible day for EVERYONE involved. The people that were held up didn't make this man take drugs or to become addicted. His actions and his path were of his own choosing. As a social worker, I appreciate the hardship that his death has brought to his family as well as the hardship that his previous actions brought upon his family. However, most of you are making light of the fact that he held up three people at gunpoint which if it has never happened to you is severely traumatizing. Or the trauma that the KRMC staff had as they were the ones who were observant and diligent in calling this robbery into the local authorities otherwise he would have gotten away... I hope that all the individuals involved will receive counseling to help them through this tragedy. I feel sorry for Mr. Jones's choice to end his life but I don't nor make excuses for his actions leading up to the tragic end...

          • micmren posted at 5:32 pm on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            micmren Posts: 182

            Thank God this was not suicide by cop. Sad enough as it was without an officer having to live with pulling the trigger.
            On the pain med subject-I suffer chronic pain. Medications serve a purpose, it's called quality of life. Were it not for pain meds, I would probably have a hard time seeing the purpose in living sometimes. Some folks have side effects to the meds that make them addictive some people don't. Getting rid of the medications is not the answer. Better regulation might be a better idea.

          • crazyndn posted at 1:45 pm on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            crazyndn Posts: 1

            blame it on the drugs and his addiction as much as you all want. yes it is sad and heart less to say that its the best decision that he made all day but seriously if you are in trouble i.e. you have an addiction then its YOUR responsibility to take care of it and not let it consume you. suicide isn't the best way to go but hey at least no one else was hurt, i just hope his actions didn't influence some other like minded person to do the same. And the most important question still remains WERE was the FAMILY????

          • photoguy posted at 12:40 pm on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            Being the brother of a victim of a Murder/Suicide in my family, I find some of these comments very hurtful and cold. Unless you are directly involved in a situation with these results, you will never know the pain and empty feeling that accompanies a event of this nature.

            On July 5th 2007, my bother in law of 24 years, shot and killed my Sister, then turned the gun on himself, partly because of drugs, a pending separation as well as impending jail time for selling drugs.

            I don't feel he saved us anything by talking his own life, other than to leave us all with questions that will never be answered. There is not a day, that goes by, that I don't ask why, what was so bad? In fact with his actions, he has cost my family dearly.

            Some may think he saved society the trouble and money of prosecution and jail costs, but my family as well as his are part of that same society, and I would rather pay the taxes to put him in jail and keep him there, as opposed to the price we have and will continue to pay for the rest of our lives...

            We have laws and a system in place, we are the ones that have mandated that system through our legislative process. I often read and hear, take him/her out behind the barn and for the cost of the bullet, we will save society from the lowlife. Many times in the past, I agreed, until it happened to me..

            I would implore those who think they know, to pick your words wisely, with a bit of compassion for your fellow human being, because, I was that guy, who said, it will never happen to my family, but guess what.....It did happen, and I remember the hurt from the news reports as well as the comments, accusations and innuendo that followed...

            My heart, and prayers go out to these families that no matter what, are in grave pain right now, what every you believe in, I hope it brings you some sense of healing and comfort.

          • cleanserene posted at 9:19 am on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            cleanserene Posts: 61

            I think the majority of us agree that this is a tragedy and ending his life was certainly the worst choice he could've made. Even after the robbery, if he would have surrendered taken the consequences and tried to better himself, his family and people that care about him would still have him in their lives. It's clearly another sad case of the reality of addiction. I didn't know him, but I knew of him, and from what I heard he had a lot of good qualities, the drugs took him down.

          • hepcat posted at 7:57 am on Fri, Jan 29, 2010.

            hepcat Posts: 3

            Ok now we are just splitting hairs. Let me be more clear. Put yourself in the shoes of the family. Let's just say it is your son or brother. Do you think if YOU were in this situation you could see yourself saying "probably the best decision he had made all day" about your child or your sibling? Please don't come back at me with the line of that wouldn't happen in my family. Even if it wouldn't I'm asking can you see yourself saying that about someone you love? Someone's husband, son, brother died and regardless of the circumstances they lost someone they loved dearly. To say something so crass about a human life is beyond me. We can argue the could have would haves all day that was not the point and I'm sorry if I was unclear.

          • BJ posted at 11:20 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            BJ Posts: 16

            Well Hepcat, if you read my post I said it was the best choice he HAD made all day. Not the best choice he COULD have made. Yes the better choice would have been to not rob the pharmacy, not be in a standoff, to not be addicted to drugs, to get help for his problems. I am not arguing that and hope all people make the right and better decisions, family or not. But those are the choices he made.

          • hepcat posted at 5:12 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            hepcat Posts: 3

            No, doctors are not completely to blame but they do have a piece in this pie. Sure people chose to abuse these drugs. And alot of people on them aren't even prescribed them, they buy themoff the street. But let's face it there are doctors out there who let these pill abusers come in once every few months, ask them a few questions and send them on their merry way to keep popping and shooting this stuff. I know, my mother in law overdosed on this stuff a year and a half ago and believe me we did everything we could to get her off. We TOLD her doctors she was abusing and shooting the stuff up and they still turned the blind eye. They took hr off for a little while and then put her right back on.There were other measures taken but ultimately it comes down to if they don't want help you can't force it on them unless they are harming themselves or someone else. But let's not give them ammo to harm themselves for pete's sake! Doctors are trained to watch for these signs, especially with something as highly addictive as oxys. There will always be people out there trying to abuse drugs. Does that mean that doctors have no accountability to stop prescribing when they see the signs of abuse? And you still have not answered the question bj, what if this was your brother, or son? Would it still gladly be the best choice he could have made?

          • artista77 posted at 5:12 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            artista77 Posts: 1

            I am an advocate for the Violence Free Crisis Line in Kalispell. This is an organization who helps people in any situation work through their crisis, however big or small, and then leads them on to get the help they need. We have many resources to offer people and will do everything we can to help them take the right steps to live safe and healthy lives. The line is ALWAYS open 24/7, every day of the year. I volunteered for this because I have a passion for people and I wanted to make a difference. We are in the phonebook, we get referrals from police, clergy, and medical staff. There is someone to help, if people are aware and choose to seek it.

          • cuzican posted at 4:59 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            cuzican Posts: 231

            I grew up with Kris and his cousins, we were all the same age and spent many many days together. I had moved away from the valley for a few years starting back in 99 and I had no idea his life had turned this direction until this happened. It really saddens me to think about this. I don't understand where it would have come from.
            My heart goes out to the rest of the Jones family and I pray they don't read this and see BJ's idiotic comments. No matter how you truly feel about this, you could at least have done the friends and family a favor and kept your f*cking stupid mouth shut.

          • mindy posted at 4:21 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            mindy Posts: 1


          • ckb1976 posted at 1:07 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            ckb1976 Posts: 1

            I have read the comments on this site many different times and this is the first time I trully wish to express my opinion. BJ you are an absolutely horrible person and I am appalled and disgusted by your comment. "Gladly the suspect decided to end his life...." Where is your compassion? Would you feel the same way if this was one of your family members? This man made his decision and paid the ultimate price for his previous decisions in his life. The doctors are not to blame, nor anyone else for that matter, beside himself. It is too late now to ask what we could've, or should've done. What can we do now to help keep this from happening to someone elses family in the future is a question we should be asking now.

          • BJ posted at 12:17 pm on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            BJ Posts: 16

            Well I can respect your opinion but if you look at the other decisions he made, it was the best for all involved. Armed robbery and police standoff were definitely not the better ones. He risked the lives of the people involved in the robbery and everyone in the area of the standoff to include our brave law enforcement officers. And after years of watching tax payer money wasted on constant appeals and the extremely slow wheels of justice that drag out cases and give prisoners more perks than a lot of law abiding citizens. Yes it is a sad situation but at least he did us that favor of not having to spend more money on him to convict and house this repeat offender. There are also multiple places to receive help for not only addiction but also suicidal issues. He was I'm sure given plenty of chances to give up and get help, the standoff did last 5 1/2 hours. He made his choices and I am glad everyone else involved was not hurt or killed because of this person.

          • Rebel Rouser posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            Rebel Rouser Posts: 1565

            jd91, thanks for your informative disclosure. It appears that "treatment meetings" failed in this case, wouldn't you say?

          • disgusted posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            disgusted Posts: 51

            Yes, suicide is a horrible thing not only for the victim but for the family and friends of the victim...Drugs are a major problem in our society and not much is being done to stem the flow coming into this country...Why is that...The use of illegal drugs is a personal choice made by the person taking it, nobody is holding a gun to their heads for that first time...If there is no first time then there will not be a second time...JUST SAY NO...Hammer it home to your kids every single day...

          • nurse dj posted at 10:50 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            nurse dj Posts: 1

            A sad story, but many are quick to blame doctors for over-prescribing meds. Has anyone worked in healthcare? EMTALA states that ER's have to treat you regardless of insurance status. Many Many Many people use ER's as places to get their narcotic fixes and to get prescriptions. When a doctor tires to put their foot down and refuse to give the person what they want, the patient often makes a huge scene. The doctor gives them what they want so they will leave quietly. Something else that happens frequently is a doctor will refuse to give medications to a well known narcotic seeking patient. The next day they find out that hospital administration has been called and the suits in the offices tell them to give the patient what they want without asking questions. The system stinks. People doctor shop all the time to get their prescriptions filled. Some doctors try to do the right thing but are harassed by the big bosses...so what are we to do. I think more community members need to be aware of the abuse of the ER system. Ever wonder why you have to wait 6 hours to see the doctor?
            I wish this 29 year-old guy had made different choices prior to this incident. I wish health care providers would have recognized his addiction and had the backing of their bosses to help stop it.

          • jd91 posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            jd91 Posts: 2

            Rebel, you "do know he didn't have a place to turn to for help?" He went to prison for drug abuse and was on parole/probation. They have these things on probation called treatment meetings. So that is inaccurate information about him not having any place to turn to. Nice try though.

          • Rebel Rouser posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            Rebel Rouser Posts: 1565

            BJ wrote: "Gladly the suspect decided to end his life to not only save some taxpayer money" Very sad thought process. I don't know why Kristopher was using drugs or why his life came to that desperate, tragic end, but I do know he didn't have a place to turn to for help. Imagine yourself at this moment, suddenly wanting to end your own life. Why does this happen to people? It happens everyday to someone in Montana (and elsewhere), Where, who, do you turn to for help? Doctors do not want to be bothered with individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts, but they will take your money and give you a prescription for something the pharmaceutical companies told them might help with this issue. That is all the help you will get. No one wants to go out on a limb and be responsible for seeing individuals through to emotional health. Someone is going to say there are "many places" a person could turn to for help, but in my opinion, there is no place for a truly suicidal person to go to for effective help. Most places are intent on profit and many suicidal individuals have emotional issues that prevent them from having "the money" to pay for psychological treatment and many times the suicidal issue is due to not having money. Self treatment for emotional issues is rampant in our society and to me that means there is not an adequate service in place to take care of these people. With the attitude that many individuals have ( "save some taxpayer money"), we will just have to sit back and watch these self medicated people blow their brains out all over the sidewalk. There is a very fine line between emotional health and suicide, it could happen to you at any time in your life, who will you turn to?

          • cleanserene posted at 9:49 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            cleanserene Posts: 61

            I am baffled at how someone can say that taking his own life was the best decision he made all day. This is a very sad story of addiction taking another life. The pain killer problem is epidemic, I hope they implementing new laws to help combat the problem. It seems to be getting worse and worse.

          • hepcat posted at 8:15 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            hepcat Posts: 3

            BJ, regardless of the choices he made that day I know his family is not thinking that this is the best choice he could have made. How heartless to put a price on a human life. If it were your son or brother you would want them to get help and get better no matter what their mistakes were in the past. The others are right. These drugs are so dangerous and addictive and all doctors out there should be guarding who they prescribe them too. Personally I think oxys should be illegal. Too many people OD on them. I wish this story would make doctors take another look at their prescription habbits but sadly it won't.

          • mtvet23 posted at 6:38 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            mtvet23 Posts: 16

            It's sad that young man took his life because he had become addicted to those heavy-duty pain killers. Yes, he committed a crime--but would he have committed the crime w/o the influence of those drugs? 29 is too young to die! I think more Drs. really need to pay attention to people who have a major health problems that causd them to start using the drugs in the first place! Too many people get addicted because their Dr. is not paying attention and deal with it before they become a problem. "Nip it in the bud" as they say. I lost a really good friend to those pills because Drs. "over-prescribed" even when they knew he was addicted! Thankfully our officers were able to corral him before he had a chance to hurt someone else!

          • accutrax posted at 6:20 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            accutrax Posts: 34

            Moral of the story;- Stay away from drugs, and booze. Leave the filthy crap alone and you will never have to deal with it. Another wasted life that would not have to have turned out like it did. Too bad for all involved.
            Again, stay away from drugs and booze!!

          • BJ posted at 2:11 am on Thu, Jan 28, 2010.

            BJ Posts: 16

            Great job by all of our outstanding officers that responded. Thank you for protecting our community, you aren't told enough how much you are appreciated. Gladly the suspect decided to end his life to not only save some taxpayer money but also not making an officer have to do it by "suicide by cop". Probably the best decision he had made all day.


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