Jarrett Berlin unarmed when SWAT team shot him, cohort Tara Salazar says he was massacred

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Update: On Friday, the Lakewood Police Department confirmed that Jarrett Berlin, shot and killed by a SWAT team after a standoff at the Bentley Apartments, was unarmed at the time of his death. Now, Tara Salazar, the woman who was allegedly in the car he used to get away from a gas-station robbery that led to his death, says she repeatedly told police he didn't have a weapon, and accuses officers of massacring him.

The scoop comes courtesy of 9News, which scored a jailhouse interview with Salazar. Also commenting: LPD spokesman Steve Davis, also interviewed during our original reporting on view below, who says that relying on assurances from a suspect or witness about a gun or lack thereof can have deadly consequences. He emphasizes that Berlin made a provocative move by thrusting his hand into his pocket, and sees the fact that multiple officers fired simultaneously as evidence that his actions appeared threatening.

Here's the 9News report, followed by earlier coverage:

Update, 8 p.m. December 10: The man killed in a faceoff with police at the Bentley Apartments yesterday has now been identified as Jarrett Berlin. His accomplice, Lakewood Police say, was Tara Shalome Salazar, who's now in custody. Look below for large photos of Berlin and Salazar, as well as an updated release from the LPD, which confirms that Berlin was not armed at the time he was shot. Was this a case of suicide by cop?

That's certainly one way to read the details from the LPD below. That's followed by our original coverage:

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Jarrett Berlin.

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Tara Shalome Salazar.

Man Shot by SWAT Team Identified

December 3, 2010

Lakewood police have identified the man who was shot yesterday by a SWAT team as 27-year-old Jarrett Berlin (03-14-83). The SWAT team was comprised of Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies and Lakewood Police Agents. Berlin's female accomplice was identified as 34-year-old Tara Shalome Salazar (12-08-76).

At about 12:50 pm yesterday, Lakewood police were responding to the 1400 block of S. Sheridan Blvd. to investigate a report of a man who was seen taking a cash register from a gas station at that location. Witnesses indicated that the man entered a vehicle driven by a female and the couple was leaving.

Responding agents spotted the suspect vehicle but then lost sight of it for a short time. It was spotted again on S. Wadsworth at which point the stolen cash register was thrown from the vehicle. Again agents lost sight of the vehicle for a short time before hearing reports of a hit and run accident in the area of S. Wadsworth Blvd and Mansfield Ave. Responding agents arrived at the scene in time to see the two suspects now running on foot. They entered an apartment complex in the 7800 block of Mansfield Ave. The female suspect (Salazar) was capture and taken into custody. The male suspect (Berlin) was seen going into the apartment complex. A perimeter was quickly established and the SWAT team responded.

After several minutes of searching, Berlin who was currently on parole from the Colorado Department of Corrections was located and confronted by the SWAT team members on a stairwell landing. Team members repeatedly commanded Berlin to raise his hands which he initially did. Seconds later Berlin told SWAT team members that they would have to shoot him. He then dropped his hands, turned sideways and quickly reached in his pocket. Several members of the SWAT team fired numerous times hitting Berlin. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Although at least one witness had indicated that they thought Berlin was armed, a subsequent search found no weapon in Berlin's possession.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Investigators continue to investigate the possibility that the couple were involved in a bank robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction earlier in the day.

Salazar faces charges of robbery, criminal impersonation, hit & run, eluding and numerous traffic offenses. She made her first appearance in Jefferson County Court this morning.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) continues to investigate the shooting, which is standard practice in all police involved shootings. The CIRT team is made up of investigators from many law enforcement agencies in the First Judicial District. The CIRT team will submit their final report to the district attorney upon completion for final review.

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Original item, 8:11 a.m. December 3: At this writing, there are still many unanswered questions about the police shooting of a robbery suspect, and the arrest of his female companion, at the Bentley Apartments in Lakewood yesterday.

Lakewood Police Department spokesman Steve Davis promises that more details are coming about an incident that started with the broad-daylight theft of a gas station cash register.

Here's what Davis can share thus far.

"At a gas station at 1495 South Sheridan [a Conoco], a citizen saw the male suspect leaving with a cash register and called us at 12:50 p.m.," Davis says. "The suspect actually left the gas station with it, and got into a car with a female in it. I believe she was driving.

"There was also an alarm from the gas station -- and we had some units very close. They spotted their car and started following, but it was apparent the suspects must have seen the patrol car behind them, because they increased their speed."

The patrol officers behind them did likewise, but, Davis continues, "one of the sergeants monitoring the situation immediately told our people there would be no pursuit. So there never was a high-speed pursuit, and we lost a visual on the vehicle for quite a while. But we had so many units coming into the area that we picked up the car again on Wadsworth near Morrison -- and we saw a register thrown from the vehicle near Wadsworth and Yale." Davis hasn't heard if the register was empty upon its recovery by officers.

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The Bentley Apartments.
Next, the LPD received a report "of a hit-and-run accident at Wadsworth and Mansfield -- and the description of the vehicle matched the suspects' car," Davis notes. "We arrived just in time to see the car leaving the scene, and when the officers tried to stop it, both occupants jumped from the car and took off on foot. They caught the female and took her into custody, but the male suspect took off into the Bentley Apartments at Mansfield and Wadsworth."

At that point, Davis goes on, "we assembled as many officers as we could, including deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, because we felt confident the suspect was still in the area, and in the apartment building. So we set up a perimeter and called out a SWAT team made up of Lakewood officers and Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies, and we went door to door in the apartment building. And we made reverse-911 calls to residents in the area, telling them to stay inside and lock all their doors.

"Eventually, they located the suspect on, I believe, the top floor of one building. He made his way to a deck on the back side of that apartment and was confronted by SWAT team members. It's my understanding that at first, he had his hands up -- but then, he made some type of movement that was enough of a threat that more than one officer fired at the suspect. I don't know how many times he was hit, but he was pronounced dead at the scene."

The time of the shooting was 2:50 p.m. -- two hours after the first report of the incident. Davis doesn't know if the man had a weapon in his possession at the time he was shot, but he says an earlier report suggested that he had a gun in his waistband.

Thus far, the coroner's office has not released the name of the dead man pending notification of family, and the female suspect's identity hasn't come out yet, either. Davis hopes to provide that information before day's end, as well as to release more information about the suspects, who unconfirmed reports suggest may have been involved with another robbery yesterday prior to the fateful one at the South Sheridan Conoco.

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madgonzo
madgonzo

@Darthmaul2010 Guess what darthmaul2010.i was talkin to my brother jarrett when he was murdered,unarmed,as a suspect.no suicide by cop.and your a cowardly deuchebag(darthmaul2010) i guess u agree that the punishment for robbery should be public exicution.lets imagine that they cornered the wrong guy,then smoked him without question.now lets imagine he was your family or even you.then lets imagine that the rain of sporadic gunfire in an occupied residence hit a child.maby your child.you are a fuckin ignorant sheep who shoots off at the mouth without even thinking of what you say.way to be fuckin stupid and make us all look bad.good thing your dumbass opinion dosent matter and your an insignificant speck.everyone who paid attention sad an unarmed man shot.his c.r. counts over 30 rounds in hid body.those shots landed thier mark.guess how many went stray.they dont just stop stupid ass.if you were worth any reguard id wish something bad on you or your loved ones.but your not.so keep being a sheep and gobble up what the media feeds you.you should be proud to be such a disrespectful ignorant little shit who runs his mouth.keep runnin it till you run it in the direction of a guy like me,in person,not as darthmaul.my name is les peto.hope to meet you someday.coward.

Jebeu
Jebeu

In Toronto at least, the police have gotten waaaaay out of hand, to the point where if you hear about someone being beaten or shot by police you can't help but assume they are in the wrong... As a side not they really showed their true colours during the G20

watermelon53
watermelon53

Boo hoo. He was an adult...he made his own choices...he paid the price.

lesscrims
lesscrims

One less white nigga crim suits me fine. Less taxes and less crime in the future!

Tim
Tim

Whiny ass cop-haters are not going to be happy with any police story unless the cop is killed.

This man robbed a place, made threats, and then made a sudden reach despite being warned and you gutless wonders want to whine about what the police do.

Most of you wouldn't have the guts to work one shift out there.  You don't know and you don't care.  Your mad because you got busted for a DUI and have to pay higher insurance rates or you have daddy issues and see the police in that context.

Grow up and try to imagine what it would be like for you, if there wasn't police doing their jobs, you ungrateful swine.

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

He said one officer fired on him. NO. Over 2 dozen shots were fired. And let me refer to what the witness said according to ABC News:  "I was watching right there on the balcony when the SWAT team moved in on him. They found the suspect, they told him to get his hands out of his pocket and then as soon as he got as he got his hands out of his pocket, he put his hands up (and) they shot him," said witness Eric Berrien. "I didn’t see that the suspect had any type of weapon on him. I seen the man taking out his hands and then he gets shot,"

Anon
Anon

What the fuck Jarett was a good man. Those cops are fucking assholes.He was my friend in highschool and never hurt anyone. He was just a dumb dumb.

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

And we now know Jarrett didn't have a damn thing. We now know, witnesses saw SWAT tell him to take his hands out of his pockets and when he did, and raised them... He was shot about 12 times. That's what the WITNESSES said. But people would prefer to trust the murderers. There's a special place in hell for those pigs.

Cochese
Cochese

This guy was a piece of shit and obviously gave up on life. All of you fucking smacktards Bitching about him beinggunarmed... he was reported as having a gun in his wasteband by the victim/witness. What, you think the cops carry portable x-ray machines? Are they supposed to give this Intensive Supervision paroled some kind of benefit of doubt?? Laughable. To all of his thug life retard friends... FOAD. If you actually gave two shots about this dirtbag, why didn't you bother to help him earlier? Your like all the rest of the assholes out there. The evil police murdered him blah blah blah. I would ask you trashy dirtbags to walk a mile in a cops shoes before you open your white trash pieholes but you couldn't past the tests. You are all mouth breathing smacktards. STFU

Carri
Carri

This is bull shit. He was one of our best friends when he lived in Illinois.We were all together all the time. He was part of the group. I always knew something like this MIGHT happen, but NOT like this. It's just too bad when stupid cops don't use their brains. It could of and SHOULD of had a completely different outcome. This just sucks. Sorry to Jon and the rest of your family. R.I.P Jeeves.

Mel
Mel

So, what did the "shoot team" decide? Is this a justified shooting or not? Sounds like it's going to be swept under the rug. The SWAT team is lucky that the victim is not black, and that the shooting didn't occur in California, because I guarantee you, these SWAT cops would be looking at serious jail time, and a Murder One charge.

Mel
Mel

So, what did the "shoot team" from Jeffco decide? Was this shooting justified or not? Sounds like it's going to be swept under the rug. I was always taught when I attended my Police Academy that you can only shoot someone when there is an actual threat, not a "perceived" threat. The SWAT team is lucky the victim wasn't black, and we aren't in California, because I guarantee you, these SWAT cops would be in jail now on Murder charges.

E S
E S

This is so sad.I didn't know Jarrett personally but my daughter was close to him and she and friends that they both had in common are devastated and can't understand why this happened and why he did what he did.

His prior criminal record testifies to the fact that he'd made poor choices in the past,but he was paying for his mistakes....and as Phoenix Peto stated,which one of us can honestly say that we haven't made mistakes or poor choices in our lives?

I don't condone what he did but he didn't hurt or kill anyone.These SWAT officers were acting on a PERCEIVED threat.....how much threat does one unarmed man present? His crime,while wrong,did NOT merit the death sentence that was meted out to him.It hurts me to see how much my daughter and his other friends are hurting.I'm sure the shooting will be ruled justified since the cops are a brotherhood that always stick together.

Phoenix Peto
Phoenix Peto

Jarrett was a wonderful person who has always been a more than just a friend to me, but family. He had a giant heart and so what if he made some mistakes, everyone has, you can't say you haven't. But to be shot to death over stealing a cash register?!?! COME ON! Really pigs?! Its not like he killed someone or even hurt anyone for that matter. I don't understand why he did what he did but I do know one thing for sure, he didn't deserve to die. I hope all those pigs that shot him rot in hell and feel terrible until the day they do. Oh but wait, thats right, they don't have feelings.

terri
terri

Oh my! His mother just texted to inform me of his passing! I thought I saw him on the news this morning, but really didn't pay attention. I donated hay to his mother for her horses and just got him new eye glasses thru the Lions Club. He did odd jobs for me on my farm. He was a very nice hard working kid down on his luck. I did not know of his past record, but he never made think I should be concerned. And it really did not matter, I do not judge!

terri
terri

Oh my, I knew this guy. His mother just texted me to let me know of his passing and I thought I saw him on news this morning. I donated hay to his mother to feed her horses and I also got Jarrett eye glasses thru the Lions club. He did some odd jobs for me to pay for hay. He was a very nice hard working kid down on his luck. Wow! is all I can say

Giovanni
Giovanni

THATS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIM. HE WAS SHOT BY DUMB ASS, PUSSY COPS BECAUSE THEY HADEN'T WANTED TO TAKE ANY FUCKING CHANCES! AND YOU DON'T SHOOT A MAN FOR STEALING A CASH REGISTER FROM A GAS STATION! ESPICIALLY WHEN HE HADEN'T DONE A DAMN THING WRONG( EXCEPT TAKE THE CASH REGISTER) BUT HE DIDN'T EVEN GET ANYTHING OUT OF TAKING THE REGISTER! HE DIDN'T GET NO MONEY, NO JAIL TIME, AND NO MORE LIFE BECAUSE FUCKING SCARED ASS COPS DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THEIR FUCKING JOBS RIGHT!! SO THIS IS FOR ALL OF YOU COPS AND SWAT TEAM MEMBERS THAT SHOT MY FRIENDS FRIEND, YOU ALL CAN GO AND DIE IN HELL!

stacy
stacy

Swat teams are very trigger happy. "Shoot first and ask questions later" Well I guess not in this case. Shot down in cold blood.We all know people out there who do alot worse, we read it, see it everyday on the news.

How many shots were fired to bring down an unarmed man. They could of winged him, but know they went nuts and fired what, 15 rounds.

I wish the Swat team a very merry Chrismas

Jen
Jen

I agree. Aren't there ways to bring a person down without shooting multiple rounds...or taser gun him? I think it's wrong what he did, but I do not agree with the way the cops handled it...they obviously felt threatened, but I still don't think they had to shoot him dead. I know that jeeves obviously had past problems with the cops and sometimes I think cops just try to put an end to someone because then that way they don't have to deal with them anymore.It's a sad situation

Rick
Rick

That dude was mine and many others best friend. Earlier reports have eye witnesses that saw him being told to take his hands out of his pockets and he did and raised them (empty) and they fired on him. In the video across the street you hear a bunch of rounds fired and a pause for a second and one more to finish him. Then on the camera that was in view you can see them run up and drag him away from the camera like some mafia thugs. This was murder. Maybe he did take a register. But no judge, trial, jury, jail? Just get gunned down by some worthless swine that gets patted on the back for killing my best friend with nothing in his hands raised in the air in the universal sign of "surrender".

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

I care. I reject the assumptions that Mr. Berlin deserved death, committed "suicide by cop", and that the SWAT team had any justification for shooting him. Police just shot an unarmed man to death -- that is the most salient datum in these reports.

matt gordon
matt gordon

Lack of empathy is a key trait in identifying a sociopath.

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

You scum... He was never convicted of anything... There was no trial. And if indeed, guilty, then the punishment for theft should be over 30 shots? You are sick, un-American and should move to China

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

You are scum.. You should move to China. I spoke with witnesses first hand and they saw him get shot with 2 empty hands up. 32 times or so the autopsy said. You are trash dude. Move to China. In America, we have a thing (all though it's fucked up) called court. 

chorse
chorse

so some guy posts on here that he saw it and you believe him...hmm...dumbass

val
val

I am really sad for what happened and in total shock..I used to babysit Tara and her sisters..Just so worried about her well being..:( Scottsbluff NE Val

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

Oh I'm sorry... It was over a dozen times. And let me refer you all to the witness "I was watching right there on the balcony when the SWAT team moved in on him. They found the suspect, they told him to get his hands out of his pocket and then as soon as he got as he got his hands out of his pocket, he put his hands up (and) they shot him," said witness Eric Berrien. "I didn’t see that the suspect had any type of weapon on him. I seen the man taking out his hands and then he gets shot," said Berrien. 

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

There was NO threat. All the witnesses saw was him turn himself in with 2 empty hands up. And he got shot 32 times. 

Roland
Roland

You're the biggest idiot of them all. Aren't you 9News Peto? You're the clown who went on the news and actually admitted that you told your friend to continue running from the cops! A good friend would have told him to give up peacefully. Not you... You encourage him to continue his crime spree and run and hide. You're just as responsible for his death as he was. Then you try to justify what he did? You say everyone has made mistakes? This may be true, but make your question more relevant. How many of you have robbed a bank using a gun? How many of you have ripped a cash register out a wall and been on a high speed chase with the police before crashing into an innocent person? How many of you have run from the police and failed to comply with their commands? How many of you have simulated having a gun and told the police they would have to kill you because you weren't going back to prison? No one I know... Except your piece of trash CRIMINAL friend and possible Mr. Peto. You're a criminal too, aren't you 9News Peto?

Roland
Roland

You're so stupid... I don't even know why I'm responding to your foolishness. He did nothing wrong? Then you say, "except take the cash register..." You make no sense... In your mind, your piece of trash CRIMINAL friend would have had to kill someone before you believed what he did was "wrong." Then again, you're so stupid, you would be ok with your friend killing someone...

Roland
Roland

Yet another idiot. You make statements with NO factual backing. Do you have any idea how many SWAT operations take place on a daily basis across our nation? Of those, how many times to the SWAT officers fire their weapons? Less than 1% of the time. SWAT is a life saving operation. Then you say to "wing him?" Unreal. Did you see the video of the School Board meeting in Florida recently? A security guard "winged" that guy, and he was able to continue shooting until he ultimately took his own life.

I also wish the SWAT team a Merry Christmas. You will never have any idea what they do or how they serve our communities.

Carri
Carri

I love this comment. You know exactly whats going on. Give the person that is UNARMED a chance. Just exterminate the problem, don't give it a chance. Nice job SWAT. "You look real cool!!" Assholes. Love ya Jen.

Roland
Roland

That dude was a CRIMINAL! He initially had his hands up, then put them down. He failed to comply with the officers commands. He told the police they would have to shoot him. He said he was not going back to prison. He cut his ankle monitor off before the robbery. He was on supervised parole. He hid in a stairwell for almost two hours. At any time, he could have walked out with his hands up and could have been taken into custody. He chose to hide until he was found. The police gave him every opportunity to surrender, but he chose to simulate a weapon. He had just committed a robbery where a citizen reported he had a gun in his waistband. A couple hours earlier, a male and female team matching your buddies "Bonnie & Clyde's" description had robbed a bank using handguns. The police were operating under the belief that these were the same people. When they encountered the CRIMINAL, they gave him specific directions which he ignored. He told the police to kill him, and simulated a weapon. The police do not have to wait for that piece of garbage to shoot first. Now that CRIMINAL can't hurt anyone else.

Roland
Roland

You are an idiot. The police gave him an opportunity to surrender, but he chose to simulate a weapon. The police do not have to wait for the criminal to shoot first.

Darthmaul2010
Darthmaul2010

What would you and your idiot friend matt gordon call Tara Salazar?  Sociopath?  Yes.  Her boyfriend commits suicide by cop after he gets caught doing a robbery.  She said it was "financial."  Get a job whore! All of you who sympathize for a CRIMINAL who committed suicide by cop should be ashamed.  Hey Rick, do you know or even CARE what Tara Salazar recently did?  She was attempting to run a prostitute ring out of the jail while she was in there.  When she finally bonded out, she jumped bail.  A bondsman picked her up, and on the way to jail, she pulled a knife on him and stole his van.  Call the Golden Police department and ask since you supposedly confirm all these stories.  I wish the cops would have killed her too.  She's still wasting oxygen on this planet, refusing to take care of her children, and making more innocent people victims.Why don't you or matt gordon let Tara come stay with you?  She would make you both two more victims.

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

Actually you dumbasses, I found the witness and talked to him on the phone. He saw the murder totally unprovoked and the detective threatened him saying "You know what talking about cops like that can get you"...... It'll all come out court. Fu** these worthless pigs, I hope they rot in hell. 

Cnulibarri
Cnulibarri

hes my ex's brother. I feel sorry for the berlin family and tara. one stupid mistake by the police costed him his life. Hes not a bad person. just makes bad decisions as we all do. I get phone calls from jon (jarretts brother) crying because he misses him.

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

YOU ARE SCUM man. You want the phone number of the witnesses that seen him murdered? You are trash, Those dumb pigs couldn't find him. HE TURNED HIMSELF IN AND THEY KILLED HIM> 32 shots fool. And witnesses saw NO sudden movements. 

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

"I was watching right there on the balcony when the SWAT team moved in on him. They found the suspect, they told him to get his hands out of his pocket and then as soon as he got as he got his hands out of his pocket, he put his hands up (and) they shot him," said witness Eric Berrien. "I didn’t see that the suspect had any type of weapon on him. I seen the man taking out his hands and then he gets shot," said Berrien. 

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

YOU ARE AN IDIOT.... He SURRENDERED and they shot him 32 times! NO SUDDEN MOVEMENT! I tracked down witnesses and that's what THEY said. You are a tool.

noyb
noyb

You have no idea what you are talking about. Shut Up! He wasn't your friend, you didn't know him well enough to know he wouldn't have a gun.So keep your mouth closed!

Darthmaul2010
Darthmaul2010

Name it, and I'll be there to treat you like the bitch you are. You're friend was a criminal and committed suicide by cop. Your dirty meth whore girlfriend Tara needed money, so your criminal friend is dead because of her. You're a piece of garbage. Be careful getting dirty with Tara. You'll get the same diseases your dead friend got from her. Bottom line... Don't be a piece of shit criminal and you'll stay alive. You little snatch...

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

You are a sick person. You should move to China. You'd get along just fine there. Actually, they have more of a judicial system than what you call for. You disgusting piece of shit. Keep gettin' all buck on your computer, bud. Cause we know a bitch like you wouldn't be running her mouth like that in the real world. 

Darthmaul2010
Darthmaul2010

So if the cops would have killed Tara, you could care less?  You said, "Fuck Tara, that was just some random slut..."  Seriously?  He committed a robbery for that slut.  He's dead because of that slut.  Now, she's still out victimizing people and the system.  Too bad the cops didn't kill her too.  The would would be a better place.  The world is a better place without your friend, who committed a robbery and simulated a weapon...  All for a slut...  You make no sense Rick.

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

Fuck Tara, that was just some random slut. Witnesses saw Jarrett holding 2 empty hands in the air, no sudden movements, shot. 32 times. That's what you think should happen for theft? Iran isn't even that harsh. You should move out of the country if don't believe in trials. 

Juliusq75
Juliusq75

You are an idiot. Contrary to popular belief, cops don't enjoy shooting people, but do enjoy coming home to their own families, and making sure all their team do as well. I happen to know some of the SWAT team involved in this, and know he was shot defensively. Any jackass in his right mind would have dropped immediately if he wanted to live. When you have that many trained men with guns telling you to do something, do it! Berlin may not have been all bad, and I am sure he meant something to some people. He also was on a bad path, and escalating. No one likes the outcome, and there is heartache from having to shoot him as well. Thr truth is, no one can judge until you are the ones facing a known and violent criminal, and some wack job makes a move to draw a weapon. You have to decide in a split second if you are going to be the one to hold your babies again or take a chance that maybe he isn't armed, maybe he won't shoot if he is, maybe he'll miss if he does shoot... Would you take that chance if it was between him and you? Of course not, but people have the ignorance and arrogance to call the SWAT team the pussies not the moron robbing and stealing and who knows what else? I am against cops behaving like jerks, and they do, not going to lie, but NO ONE has a right to pass judgement on them when 95% of you have never been in any kind of combat or personally threatening situation like that. All of that SWAT team had an average of ten years training and experience, and they made the call, and they made a legitimate and right call, and one that they will never forget and memories they will never be rid of. Cops aren't always right, but they aren't heartless people. I support anyone dropping a psychotic criminal in self defense, because that is all Berlin was at that one moment, however hard that is for people to reconcile with how they knew him otherwise.

Darthmaul2010
Darthmaul2010

Gee, that's funny...  You have one retard who lies to you and you think it's gospel truth?  How about the over 60 people who were interviewed and said otherwise?  Have you talked to them?  Over 60 people said his hands were up, then down...  Then he turned and reached into his pocket simulating a gun.  Just call one of those 60 and see if they agree with Eric.  Secondly, how about Tara continuing her crime spree?  She's still a criminal making innocent people victims.  Who will she commit a robbery with next?  You Rick?

Rick Heretikos
Rick Heretikos

What's going to come out? Uhh, the witnesses that don't know him, that have no reason to lie to me that saw him with 2 empty hands in the air. He was shot 32 times you ass. He was giving up. Look at the news reports of what witnesses saw! It was reported  correctly at first. 

Darthmaul2010
Darthmaul2010

Hey dumbass.  The cops were cleared.  What is supposedly going to come out in court?  Why don't you find the witness across the street who photographed the whole thing?  The photos show the criminals hands up, and then down.  They stay down while the cops repeatedly give orders.  The photos show him turn, reach into his pocket, then he's gone from the frame.  He was NOT giving up.  You better check with that retard Eric Berrian again and see if he would testify in court against what  the photos clearly show.  When is Tara moving into your house Rick?

Darthmaul2011
Darthmaul2011

Your friend was a CRIMINAL! Here's what people who rob gas stations are capable of...

http://www.walb.com/Global/sto...

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek confirmed to WALB News 10 shortly after 1:00 a.m. that Lt. Cliff Rouse was killed Thursday night. By 4:15 a.m., officers were on their way to get a judge to sign arrest warrants charging a suspect with the murder.

Lt. Rouse responded to an armed robbery at the Pitt Stop Convenience Store on Sylvester Road near the old Cooper Tire plant at 10:00 Thursday night. He was shot nearby at Nob Hill Mobile Home Estates moments later.

20-year old Dontavius Raynard Thomas is charged with felony murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Chief Cheek says more charges are pending.

During a search involving dozens of law officers, a Dougherty County Sheriff's deputy found Thomas hiding under a mobile home not far from the site where Rouse was gunned down. Chief Cheek says officers found the suspected murder weapon (a 9mm Glock), money stolen from the Pitt Stop, and clothes worn by the robber. The items were hidden in insulation under that mobile home.

Chief Cheek says he's not sure what Rouse saw that led him to the mobile home park. His first radio contact was a call for help. Over his radio, Rouse told a sergeant "Get an ambulance. I've been shot."

Rouse was shot once in the abdomen and once in the left leg. He died after being rushed to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Rouse was wearing a protective vest, but the fatal shot apparently hit him just below the bottom of the vest.

The 18-year DCP veteran was 39-years old. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Authorities set up a command center in the area, and every available officer from numerous agencies joined the search for the gunman. Chief Cheek expressed his appreciation to officers from the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Marshal's Service, Dougherty County School Police, Lee County Sheriff's Office, and Albany State University Police for assisting his officers in tracking down the suspect quickly.

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