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03-20-09, 12:14 PM #1
Refreshing: Relatives not angry that relative was shot by police
Two aunts of the man who was gunned down by police Wednesday say they don't blame the officer and had warned their nephew of the possible violent consequences of his life of crime.
Parole documents show that Travis Douglas Oakes, 33, more than once put police and the public in jeopardy with his reckless driving.
"I'm not going to candy-coat it, he led a terrible life," his aunt, Carol Jackson, said Thursday.
In July 2005, Oakes was convicted of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle for trying to outrun police in a stolen vehicle. He collided with police vehicles and "narrowly missed hitting a police officer who jumped out of the way," the parole documents said.
During a high-speed chase Oakes "demonstrated a blatant disregard for police and public safety."
On March 3, Oakes sped through a crowded shopping centre parking lot after he spotted police cars. Officers didn't chase him because it was too dangerous, one source said.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting at the Western Pride Car Wash early Wednesday.
Oakes, already the subject of a police investigation regarding property crimes, was washing a stolen 1986 Chevy Caprice when police officers blocked the car wash exits with unmarked vehicles.
Two officers -- one in uniform -- entered the bay and tried to arrest Oakes, but he jumped into the stolen car.
"In an attempt to flee from the arrest, Mr. Oakes attempted to drive his vehicle through the closed doors of the car wash," said Clifton Purvis, executive director of ASIRT.
After Oakes hit the front bay door twice and the rear door numerous times, a plainclothes officer, Sgt. Dave Jennings, fired his .40-calibre service pistol four times, hitting Oakes three times.
Jennings was standing just outside the bay at the time.
03-20-09, 01:02 PM #2
That is news!When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
"A burning desire for social justice is never a substitute for knowing what you're talking about". -Thomas Sowell-
03-20-09, 02:07 PM #3
OMG....SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
03-20-09, 03:21 PM #4
this reminds me of the time a guy had killed his neighbor's daughter, real gruesome stuff, dragged her into his basement, it was bad. Anyway, after the guy gets hooked up, they interviewed his other neighbors, I was expecting the "he was such a nice guy, I can't believe he would do such a thing" nonsense, instead, and I remember the whole thing because it was so out of the ordinary, ( both male neighbors btw )
Neighbor 1: "I KNEW IT, I knew that guy was crazy, he was always watching me!!"
Neighbor 2: "He did it, oh he did it, he had to, I was afraid to leave my house at night, that guy scared the heck out of me".Here's to our girlfriends, and our lovers... and may they never meet.
03-20-09, 03:22 PM #5
We had a father here a couple of years ago that made a public statement stating he didn't blame police. He stated it was his sons fault because of the actions he took.
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