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    Metro LEO takes advantage of Virginia freedom

    Of course, being a LEO, he would be able to keep a firearm in his house anyway... but it sure seems ironic that he would choose to live in Virginia where "anyone" is free to defend their own home.

    What do you want to bet this same action by a non-LEO (using the threat of lethal force to detain a non-violent suspect) would be prosecuted in DC?

    Drunken visitor gets unfriendly reception

    "The Metro police officer, thinking the visitor was a potential burglar, held a gun on the suspect until deputies arrived, Sheriff's Lt. Col. Michael Timm said."

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    Don't they use "Metro" to refer to the greater Fredericksburg Metropolitain Census Area? I ask, because iirc the DC cops/firefighters are still under that unconstitutional rule requiring them to live inside the DC borders.

    As for holding a trespasser at gunpoint until the "real" cops arrived - in Virginia there have been several people sent away for life for that exact crime of armed kidnapping. Even if the shmuck is not charged criminally he could face a nasty civil suit once his erst-while guest sobers up and talks to an attorney.

    In any case, unless he's a Spotsy. Co. deputy he was out of his jurisdiction and only has the powers of citizen's arrest, if I remember the case of the off-duty Petersburg cop who chased the drunk drver into some preacher's car.

    stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Don't they use "Metro" to refer to the greater Fredericksburg Metropolitain Census Area? I ask, because iirc the DC cops/firefighters are still under that unconstitutional rule requiring them to live inside the DC borders.

    As for holding a trespasser at gunpoint until the "real" cops arrived - in Virginia there have been several people sent away for life for that exact crime of armed kidnapping. Even if the shmuck is not charged criminally he could face a nasty civil suit once his erst-while guest sobers up and talks to an attorney.

    In any case, unless he's a Spotsy. Co. deputy he was out of his jurisdiction and only has the powers of citizen's arrest, if I remember the case of the off-duty Petersburg cop who chased the drunk drver into some preacher's car.

    stay safe.
    I've lived here for the better part of three decades now, and I don't ever recall the use of "metro" to refer to local folks. I assume if it was a Northern Virginia LEO they would have said Northern Virginia. If it was local, they would have likely identified the jurisdiction. That's my guess.

    It will be interesting to see if any further details are reported. I'm guessing not, since it was a LEO.

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    is it possible....

    They are referencing a Metro Transit Officer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    In any case, unless he's a Spotsy. Co. deputy he was out of his jurisdiction and only has the powers of citizen's arrest.....
    He also has the power of the 'thin blue line'..... which gives him the ability to do things 'differently' then mortal citizens, and not be held to the same standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blk97F150 View Post
    He also has the power of the 'thin blue line'..... which gives him the ability to do things 'differently' then mortal citizens, and not be held to the same standards.
    The local LEOs would thank him for the favor, but mere mortals would likely face charges.
    A law-abiding citizen should be able to carry his personal protection firearm anywhere that an armed criminal might go.

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