published Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Alarming attack on state trooper

Any kind of violence against an innocent person is obviously disturbing. But there is — and should be — particular alarm when the target of an attack is a law officer. While we are all created equal, an attack on law enforcement is an attack on public order and on society itself. It merits strong condemnation and firm prosecution.

It was reported that Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Gordon Roberts was shot at Saturday night while he was in his car on Interstate 24 near the Fourth Avenue exit in Chattanooga. He was performing traffic-control duties, with his emergency lights flashing. He heard a loud noise and two of the windows in his patrol car shattered. Authorities suspect the shots came from the nearby East Lake Courts public housing project.

The trooper was not wounded, but clearly there might have been a tragically different outcome.

This incident comes just weeks after the April 2 gunning down of Chattanooga Police Sgt. Tim Chapin during an armed robbery on Brainerd Road. A suspect faces murder and other charges in that case.

An appropriately vigorous investigation is also under way in this latest shooting at the Highway Patrol trooper. Violence against law enforcement officers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Leaf said...

Violence agains cops is always prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and outside of the law as well. So calling for diligence in this case is unnecessary.

May 11, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
tracyslady said...

With this possible intentional attack being on MY brother, and in light of the recent events with Sgt Tim Chapin, I think the increased diligence is appropriate! He was sitting on the side of the road ensuring the safety of the construction workers! For the owner of the first comment, when it becomes your family or friends involved in these close calls, will the diligence be appropriate then?

May 11, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
mella_yella said...

Was anything found to show someone actually fired at this officer? Let's see: In an earlier story it was stated the officer was near a construction site where construction work was taking place. Is it at all possible some debris of some kind may have hit and shattered his window? Just a thought, before everyone goes haywire and call out the 'guard.

Of course, if a rock hit his window instead of a bullet we'll likely not get any updates on the story. "Shots fired a trooper(not allegedly)" is much more sensational and tantalizing.

May 11, 2011 at 7:23 p.m.
flygrl2011 said...

It infuriates me that someone would think that There is no need in being diligent when it comes to bringing those who commit crimes to justice! "Leaf", I would love for you to stand in front of Sgt. Chapin's wife and children and tell them that there is no need to be diligent in bringing to justice their loved ones murder just because he was a police officer. My take on You is that you are probably a tree hugging, Obama loving Liberal idiot that would be the first to cry foul if this was your family member but could care less about it being someone else's family because it neither affects or benefits you in any way! How bout this....if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are being shot at and you need the assistance of a police officer make sure You tell him you were the idiot that feels it is unnecessary for there to be due diligence in bringing his murderer to justice if he lays down his life for You. May God bless and keep those men and women safe who protect others against evil.

May 11, 2011 at 7:39 p.m.
tracyslady said...

For "mella_yella", yes, it was found that it was actual gunfire that shattered his windows! It's pretty easy to tell the difference when the evidence is there! I pray to God that you never have to be in this position. And so VERY thankful for God to have had a protective hand over my brother, Trooper Roberts, during this. And to also keep a protective hand on him as he has to travel to yet another one of his fallen coworkers this weekend. RIP Trooper Andy Wall.

May 11, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.
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