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Super Bowl night incident

Posted Sunday, January 27, 2008, at 3:48 PM

Being sports editor and also working the police beat had some drawbacks, practically always just as Super Bowl was either just about to begin or just beginning.

One night just before kickoff I for a call from a man who said he had just killed some kind of wild animal that was attempting to get in his home and attack him.

I drove to his home and immediately learned three things. The caller had problems. There was a dead cat on his front porch just outside the screen door leading into house...and he still had a shotgun and was waving it around while talking about that wild beast.

He asked me, "Do you have any idea what what I've shot?"

Here's your chance to be a news reporter? How would you have answered him and what would you have done?

If I get a couple of responses or more I'll tell you how I handled the situation so you can criticize me if disagree with how I handled this Super Bowl night matter.

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After I was sure he was disarmed, I would call a cat a cat. Were the police there? If not, I would call them in because someone's life might be in danger. Then I would get back to the Super Bowl.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 4:32 PM

I would have told him that it was obviously a highly trained attack cat sent from extraterrestrials to disable him, so they could come in and scan his brain for the answers they needed to take over the earth...or I would have done what Steve said. Make sure he was presently unarmed, tell him it was a cat and go home to watch the Super Bowl.

William :)

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 7:31 PM

Well, I looked over the cat closely, glanced at the pellet-riddled screen door and suggggested it kind of looked like a cat to me.

He looked at me like I was crazy and just at that moment a lady came running into the yard, looked at the cat, didn't pay a lick of attention to the shotgun and screamed at him, "You old fool. You've done killed my Clementine!"

While they discussed very loudly the just departed Clementine, I got in my car and drove back home.

I notified police and they were familiar with the man.

I got back to the Super Bowl at the start of the second quarter. It wasn't one of the better Super Bowls.

In fact, it was almost boring. So much so I'm not sure I wouldn't have voted for Clementine as MVP.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 10:32 PM

Someone should have issued him a Super-Soaker filled with holy water.

It works far better on dangerous monsters than conventional weaponry and it would discourage (rather than eradicate) cats.

If he'd seen Stephen King's Cat's Eye with Drew Barrymore,he'd have known that his neighbor,Clementine was trying to protect him from the intruder that had come to menace him.

Alas,because he didn't follow one of the basics of gun safety (Know what you're aiming at),Clementine lost her life to less-than-friendly fire.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 11:08 PM

Would it be bad if I just found that funny? Not that the poor cat was killed but because a grown man done it...

-- Posted by ChrissyF on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 11:22 PM

Sad about the poor cat. I did think it was funny the way the man described the animal. He needs to be more careful; or did he intentionally kill the cat because it was on his front porch????

I had ran outside about 15 min. ago, I heard a vehicle outside my home speeding down the road with 2 police cars in "VERY HOT PURSUIT"!!!! I and one of my neighbors was talking about it, she went back in, and I contiued to listen to the sound of the vehicle speeding, and the sirens chasing it to see if I was going to hear a HORRIBLE CRASH.

I kept listening as it went all the way around and back on Madison street, and I be dog-on if they didn't circle back around and come "FLYING" back up the road again.

This time the neighbors on the otherside of me came out and we were talking about it. I heard the vehicles tires spinning out on Bethany Lane, but I did not see where the vehicle went, 2 police cars went one way and then 2 more went the other. I hope they caught him, driving at that speed Is a "SURE DEADLY DESTRUCTION" for anyone or anything in the way.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 11:44 PM

I would have calmed the man down and made sure he was disarmed. Then explained to him that I had seen Obama speeding away yelling that he was only campaigning for President when someone took a shot at him but luckily the cat threw himself into the line of fire saving his life. I would have explained to this man that this could have been a serious situation and not be shooting at just anyone or anything that walks up on his front porch. Or you could just send this story to whomever to make it into a Super Bowl commercial for next years game.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 11:36 AM

They shouldn't take away the driver's license of people like that.

They should just issue them a special PEDAL CARS ONLY certification.

We could save a ton of fossil fuels just on our local speed demons.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 11:38 AM

I can't stop laughing! Sorry that the cat is dead and all but it's sooo funny!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 10:34 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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