Don Pooley, dead hostage taker, celebrated shooting cops, posted about his doom

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Photos, video below.
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.

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.

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A Don Pooley selfie from his Facebook page.
He was set free this past fall, but on January 10, notes 7News, he was officially listed as a parole absconder.

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.

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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.

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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.

What happened?

Continue for more about the police shooting of hostage taker Don Pooley, including photos and video.


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lorenestes1011
lorenestes1011

and the guy looked like such a fine, upstanding citizen.  just goes to show, you can't judge a book by it's cover...

ladywritr2
ladywritr2

The father of Don Pooley tormented me and my family many years ago.  The Arvada cops were too stupid to realize that a man with a criminal record an arm long was entirely responsible.

 Instead, they chose to believe it was a Hatfield and McCoy neighborhood dispute.  They were LESS THAN HELPFUL.  Don Pooley learned from his father how to break the law when he was quite small.  He was very cruel even as a child:  cruel to his sister and cruel to animals.   If the officer who shot this maggot has any guilt whatsoever, please realize that the world is a much better place without him.  It took many years and plenty of victims, but the Arvada cops finally "took out the garbage".   

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Why can't a citizen protect themselves against rogue cops?" Depends on one's definition of "rogue" cop.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Whether or not he "got what he wanted" is inconsequential. There was a clearly innocent life at stake. The cops had no other reasonable option. That trumps the purported "desires" of the offender. It could have easily been the case that Pooley wanted the boy to go down with him.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Westword, just had to throw the bit about legally shooting cops in there without explaining that law. I agree more laws like that need to be passed as some cops think they're above the law and take advantage of people. Before you vilify said law learn what it's for and think long and hard about what it means because cops have never raped people, illegally forced their way in to wrong residences and shot innocent people, or assaulted people for no reason. Why can't a citizen protect themselves against rogue cops? We should always just bend over, take it, and let the courts and internal affairs handle it? Pffft, yeah, because that's worked so well in the past, right?

HistoryRepeats
HistoryRepeats

The trendy liberal thing to do now-a-days is to leave your kids defenseless at school or at home and to just let the bad guys have their way with them. The story reads that the family managed to escape the home invasion but left the 13 year old behind. Self defense is for redneck terrorists who think owning guns makes them a man. When seconds count, police are just minutes away. 

Michael Salazar
Michael Salazar

Josh , sorry that my sarcasm wasn't more obvious but I think the police were justified in their actions on this occasion. They gave the guy over 12 hours to do the right thing. Imagine the fear and stress this kid was in thanks to this idiot. Hearing this guys conversations with that reporter made me want to put a bullet in him myself. He was saying he felt bad for the kid but if he had too he could kill him. All because he didn't want to go to prison. All because of the stupid choices HE made in life now he feels he has the right to kill a young child because HE doesn't want to suffer the consequences for HIS actions. Complete selfish coward.

Paula Roth-Dezzutti
Paula Roth-Dezzutti

When you choose an action, you choose the consequences. I understand there are "bad" cops, but I am not interested in generalizing a profession. They are not responsible for Mr Pooley's death, he is. He chose his life.

Josh Young
Josh Young

^"Give the guy more time to see if he wanted to kill the kid." Did you even think before you wrote that??

Michael Salazar
Michael Salazar

Yeah the cops definitely should have given this guy more time to decide on whether or not he wanted to kill that kid. Stupid cops.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

unfortunately, he had a child hostage. He asked for it, suicide by cop. Fuck around, and fuck around, pretty soon you won't be around!

Andrew Lovato
Andrew Lovato

Fuck that. He took a kid hostage for 12+ hrs...innocent? He knew his assist was toast or he would of gave up easy. Fuck that clown. Glad the kid is safe!

Joshua Underwood
Joshua Underwood

Be careful, because it's ok when the police murder us : and a headline when a guy's last post is about killing police.

Jason Martin
Jason Martin

Cops murder innocent people and get away with it every day.

Kev Markis
Kev Markis

...Thats seriously what you took away from this? Football? Jesus Christ, dude. *You* way to represent Broncos fans, buddy.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Way to represent Broncos fans buddy, Thanks, just thanks.

broken.hatemen
broken.hatemen

Quit looking for a fuckin pity party to get some kind of attention! Especially with your made up lies!

FYI- If you are going to make up a fake ass story, to pretend you know someone, maybe you should at least choose someone you know something about!

And to throw in some shit about the guys family.... Really?

All your bitch ass comment did, was prove to the world that you are pathetic, shallow, and fuckin stupid!

carpe_noctis
carpe_noctis

@HistoryRepeats  The story READS that no one was home during the time of the abduction other than the Teenaged boy. Learn to Read.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@HistoryRepeats  ... so why aren't YOU defending school children with your precious pistol, eh loon?


carpe_noctis
carpe_noctis

They killed a moron who ABDUCTED a teenaged boy...not mother teresa. It's one less to worry about.

HistoryRepeats
HistoryRepeats

its funny because more and more police departments are taking federal handouts for new toys and aligning themselves with people like Michael Bloomberg and his group of rejects. Basically, your life and your children's lives have become worthless to them in their quest for SELF protection. A sacrifice to the state. Every authoritarian regime in history has always demanded the children be sacrificed for the greater good.

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