Wednesday, November 04, 2015

At least we won't have to waste money on a trial

Autopsy conducted at 1 p.m. for Killian Shane O'Quinn, suspect involved in Nov 1 shooting of CHP officer - John Chiv/Words Worth

The suspect, who died after shooting CHP officer Steve Curtis, is 20 years old, had a 45 caliber semi-automatic Springfield Armory pistol...

Chief Mills said the green sedan involved in the November 1 incident was driving erratically, forcing people off the road. Officer Curtis recognized the five occupants in the green sedan. After the car "rested on the curb", Officer Curtis walked over and talked to O'Quinn. Asked him to step out of the vehicle, which is standard procedure, said Chief Mills. "O'Quinn pivoted his feet to the ground and mumbled something like, I'm about to have a bad day." Chief Mills said Officer Curtis had to tell him to step out of the car three or four times. O'Quinn pulled a gun out of his waistband, "broke away from the Officer's grip" and shot the officer in the upper right thigh.

Officer, Deceased Suspect From Sunday Afternoon Eureka Shootout Named in Press Conference This Afternoon - LoCo

The deceased, Killian O’Quinn, 20, of Eureka, is believed to have suddenly opened fire on the CHP officer following a routine traffic stop near the intersection. After he was shot in the leg, the officer was able to draw his own gun and return fire, killing his attacker. He then held four other people in the car at gunpoint until backup arrived.


  1. "At least we won't have to waste money on a trial"

    You wouldn't be advocating "Street Justice," would you?

    A person has died. That's no reflection on the officer defending himself... he did what he needed to do.

    But to say it is better to have a person dead on the asphalt than stand trial is a bit over the top (at least to reasoning people, such as yourself, I hope).

  2. I thought Republicans cherished all lives? Or is that just for unborn babies?

  3. No, MOLA,:42 what I am saying is - when he shoots a cop and is shot right there at that time, justice is true and sure and immediate. There's no question, no 'he said she said,' no trying to imagine what went down, it's clear. All the things a trial would try to determine.

    1. Well Rose, I guess I would prefer to have the guy survive, recover, be tried for his crime and spend time in prison.

      Perhaps (it has happened before) that person would then realize what a nit wit he has been, clean up his act and become someone who is a credit to society.

      Now he's just dead meat on a cold slab. It's more convenient for some for him to be that way... But I would just assume Justice be measured by a jury, over death on the street, any day.

      The man's death or survival would not have changed the facts of the case one iota.

      Too many people on the blogs are celebrating this man's death. I'm just sad to see that you, Rose, are among them.

  4. Not celebrating, MOLA, just observing. A trial attempts to figure out if they have the right guy, or not, in this case, it was determined right then and right there, and it spares jurors having to wrestle with conflicting accounts trying to determine the truth - here the truth was known and the result was swift. And just. Sadly, perhaps, but that guy is the one who made his choice.

  5. Steve Curtis was down in my neck of the woods before he was exiled behind the Redwood Curtain. I always thought he was a good cop and our loss was Humboldt's gain. This confirms my opinion.


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