Don Pooley, dead hostage taker, celebrated shooting cops, posted about his doom
We're learning more about Don Pooley, who held a thirteen year old hostage in Arvada yesterday. A parolee with a long criminal history, Pooley appears to have been keenly aware of his own mortality: The profile pic on his Facebook page features a skeleton holding what's known as the dead man's hand. And his most recent share celebrated shooting police.
Photos, video below.
Instead, cops shot and killed Pooley after a standoff that lasted the better part of a day. Photos, video and details below.
According to USA Today, Pooley's rap sheet began in 1997, when he was still a teenager; he died at age 34. Items include forgery and eluding police, with the most recent, dating from last February, revolving around a charge of sneaking drugs into prison.
He was set free this past fall, but on January 10, notes 7News, he was officially listed as a parole absconder.
A Don Pooley selfie from his Facebook page.
Here's the aforementioned Facebook profile pic. By the way, the dead man's hand is two pairs, with black aces over black eights. Folklore tells us that Wild Bill Hickock was holding this combination of cards when he was shot and killed in 1876.
And here's Pooley's last share, from Monday. As you can see, it's an article about the legalized shooting of police. It went up at about 11 a.m., mere hours before the start of the crisis that would end his life.
This link also appears on the Facebook page of Pooley's sister, with whom he spoke during the eighteen hours or so that he held the teen; 7News reports that the boy's first name is Connor. And Pooley is said to have reached out to a number of other people over this span, too, including members of the media.
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