West Memphis, AR Cops Deploy Shotguns and Rifles At Traffic Stops by Robert Farago | Mar 05, 2011 | 16 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments JOE MATAFOME says: March 5, 2011 at 20:50 I don’t understand why there’s a problem, superior firepower rules! Reply Rabbi says: March 5, 2011 at 21:21 I am all for increased firepower. Memphis is very dangerous. A few months ago we had a home break-in in our jurisdiction where 3 rifles were stolen. Suspect’s car was described as small, blue, with a loud muffler. 6 cars combed the surrounding area looking for the vehicle. 1.5 hours into the search my Chief radios that he found, and is in process of, pulling over a vehicle that matched the description. 4 other cars met the chief for the stop. 3 of us armed with AR15s, one with a MP5 sub machine gun. Turned out it was not the suspects car. Funny thing is, I can only imagine what the driver though when looking in his rear view mirror at our firepower for what the driver probably thought was just a stop for a minor traffic violation. Reply JOE MATAFOME says: March 5, 2011 at 21:47 Your chief did the right thing by having rifles and a machine gun as back up because if that had been the suspect, your guys would have been out gunned. There are going to be people who feel you guys were paranoid, but your chief was trying to keep his officers safe. Reply Gunner442 says: March 5, 2011 at 21:22 If I recall correctly, that PD lost two officers to Meth Heads /Sovereign Citizens last year on a traffic stop, probably some bad memories still… Reply Gunner442 says: March 5, 2011 at 21:23 West Memphis is actually Arkansas Reply Robert Farago says: March 5, 2011 at 22:16 Noted, logged, amended. Reply Alaskan Raised says: March 5, 2011 at 22:44 Alaska is abbreviated AK. Arkansas is abbreviated AR. http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/usps_abbreviations.html Reply Robert Farago says: March 5, 2011 at 23:14 OK. TX. Jeff O. says: March 5, 2011 at 22:21 Oh no! They’re holding a rifle. *Gasp* how terrible! (he said sarcastically) So what. Now some two-bit hood will think twice about shooting a cop. Reply Roy Hill says: March 5, 2011 at 22:25 Last year, two cops were killed during a traffic stop right around West Memphis. It was one of those “sovereign citizen” types, and his 16-year-old son. When the dashboard camera footage was finally released, it turned out it was the 16-year-old who jumped out of the car with a semi-auto rifle and killed the officers. There is plenty of footage on Youtube of the final shootout with the pair in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Hundreds of rounds fired, and the suspects’ vehicle finally disabled by a Game and Fish officer who rammed their car with his truck. Very ugly indeed. After losing two officers in a traffic stop last year that culminated in a raging shootout with two suspects killed (including a sixteen year old) no wonder West Memphis cops show up this armed for a traffic stop. Reply Alaskan Raised says: March 5, 2011 at 22:49 Traffic stops are one of the most dangerous encounters a law enforcement officer walks into on a regular basis and many of the officers working in and around my community are qualified on patrol rifles. Reply Jamie says: March 5, 2011 at 23:13 I always have an AR -15 in my vehicle. If the LEO’s in ND want to carry AR’s on a traffic stop I don’t have a problem with theirs as long as they don’t have a problem with mine. Reply James says: March 6, 2011 at 04:03 “Assault rifles for me, but not for thee.” Reply Rob says: March 6, 2011 at 08:32 Free the West Memohis Three. http://www.wm3.org Reply Ralph says: March 6, 2011 at 10:51 I think it will save lives, and not necessarily the LEOs. If the cops know they have the edge in firepower, they’ll be less likely to panic and shoot some poor schmuck who’s combing his hair or calling his mama on his cell phone. Reply CharlesT says: March 6, 2011 at 13:17 I have no problem with this whatsoever. The second officer standing back with the rifle or shotgun at a distance that the weapon is effective for suppressive fire is an excellent idea. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.