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Seattle, WA - Outrage After Police Rifle Left Unattended On Cruiser

Published on: June 28, 2011 09:30 PM
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This handout photo captured by Nick Gonzalez shows a police rifle left unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Seattle. A Seattle police spokesman says the department has launched an investigation into the incident.  Rifles are assigned only to officers who have additional training and are usually kept in the trunk or between the driver and passenger seats. (AP Photo/Nick Gonzalez)This handout photo captured by Nick Gonzalez shows a police rifle left unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Seattle. A Seattle police spokesman says the department has launched an investigation into the incident.  Rifles are assigned only to officers who have additional training and are usually kept in the trunk or between the driver and passenger seats. (AP Photo/Nick Gonzalez)

Seattle, WA - A Seattle police spokesman says the department is embarrassed after officers left a police rifle unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area.

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Spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says the department has launched an investigation.

Whitcomb says two people spotted the rifle on the parked car. One flagged down bicycle officers to alert them. The other followed the cruiser as it drove through downtown Seattle and tracked down the driver after the car parked.

The alternative weekly The Stranger first reported the incident, posting a picture that shows the rifle sitting on top of the trunk.

Whitcomb says such rifles are assigned only to officers who have additional training. They’re usually kept in the trunk or between the driver and passenger seats.


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 Jun 28, 2011 at 11:43 PM ikleinit Says:

That's an M4 tactical automatic assault rifle , it is similar to the guns the army combat soldiers use in Iraq & Afghanistan! If that god forbid got into the wrong hands !!!

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 Jun 29, 2011 at 12:18 AM Mandel Says:

Remember if you see something say something!!

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 Jun 29, 2011 at 01:29 AM MINBP Says:

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ikleinit Says:

That's an M4 tactical automatic assault rifle , it is similar to the guns the army combat soldiers use in Iraq & Afghanistan! If that god forbid got into the wrong hands !!!

I bet its only a Semi Automatic !!!

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 Jun 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM Anonymous Says:

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MINBP Says:

I bet its only a Semi Automatic !!!

Mate, that thing is fully auto with a box mag of 5.56mm rounds. That can take out quite a lot

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 Jun 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM zayin Says:

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MINBP Says:

I bet its only a Semi Automatic !!!

actually an m4 has three different setting. manual, semi automatic, and full automatic

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 Jun 29, 2011 at 01:13 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

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ikleinit Says:

That's an M4 tactical automatic assault rifle , it is similar to the guns the army combat soldiers use in Iraq & Afghanistan! If that god forbid got into the wrong hands !!!

The SPD only issues AR-15s, not M-16s or M-4s. They're tricked out and glitzy, but they're still just ARs.

As far as it goes, so what if it's military issue? The .223 is a small, underpowered cartridge. The Army recommends three or four shots minimum to stop a human being with it. Any hunting rifle, let alone a shotgun, is much deadlier.

But yeah, this just goes to prove that only cops should be trusted with guns. After all, they are highly trained and "held to a higher standard" than mere civilians.

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 Jun 29, 2011 at 06:15 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

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zayin Says:

actually an m4 has three different setting. manual, semi automatic, and full automatic

Nope. Depending on whether it's the M4 or M4A1 it has semiautomatic, three-round burst and (M4A1) fully automatic. There is no such thing as "manual fire".

The AR-15 is semi-automatic only. When they started going to the AR an old cop disgustedly said "Dispatch, I need an ambulance on First and Main, Second and Main, Third and Main..."

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