Suicide-by-Cop Fail, Thanks to Cops’ Marksmanship (Or Lack Thereof)

According to, Washingtonian Hans Hansen’s “cabinet business had failed and he’d been evicted from a Granite Falls industrial park. He has a vascular disease and one of his legs must be amputated soon. He expects to lose his house in January because he hasn’t been able to pay the mortgage. His wife sent him an upsetting text message. He started drinking. Hansen decided to gather several guns that he owned and go to several locations where police might be ‘so he could fire at cars and buildings and engage the police in a gunfight and be killed.'” Nope. Not happening . . .

Hansen took two AK-47 rifles, one AR-15 rifle, two .22-caliber rifles, one .300-caliber Winston short magnum rifle, a shotgun and a .40-caliber handgun. He admitted to firing multiple rounds into a building at the industrial park, detectives wrote.

Hansen reloaded and drove to the Granite Falls Police Department and Lake Stevens Police Department shooting buildings and cars. He was headed to the Marysville Police Department when he spotted a patrol car and police followed him into a final shootout.

From the Marysville Police Department, Hansen had planned to move on to the Navy Support Complex in Marysville. He figured that military personnel would kill him if police were not successful.

Hansen never made it. Nor did he achieve his goal. For that he blames police marksmanship.

“Your guys aren’t very good shots,” Hans Hansen told detectives at the hospital where he was treated for a head wound.

Thinking he was going to die, he surrendered to police. Needless to say, they put him on suicide watch. What are the odds he could pull that off?

[h/t RH]


  1. avatar WRH says:

    I have never understood the mentality behind the “Suicide-by-cop.” You have a gun, just quit being a pussy and do it yourself. There is no need to put another person through the turmoil of having to take a life.

    1. avatar Bdub says:

      Maybe he thought his Life Insurance would payout?

  2. avatar dph says:

    What the heck is a “Winston short magnum”.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      A typical malapropism from someone that knows little of the subject matter. Maybe it’s easy to confuse Winchesters with Winstons – they both come in boxes of twenty. 🙂

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      I think it’s a cigarette. Probably the ones in the red pack. Assault cigarettes kill about 400,000 Americans a year — mostly suicides.

      1. avatar Rich Grise says:

        Another “fun fact” that has no more truth to it than the 400,000 children killed by gun violence. The church of antismokerism is as much of a religious cult as the church of warmingism or the entire antigun movement.

        I’ve seen the documents, but the ones that show the facts are real science, which means they had big words and are incomprehensible to the antismokerists.

        1. avatar cmeat says:

          welcome back, duper. (you weren’t a greaser were you?)
          using smokersclub to minimize the dangers of deliberately inhaling the smoke from burnt dried flora is as tough a sell as quoting “born in blood” to explain why it’s called “passing the bar” to a lawyer.
          lithium water. what?

    3. avatar Patrick says:

      From AK47 (~.31 caliber) to .3(00) caliber Winston (super?) short (magnum?) rifles, to .22 caliber (lr?) and AR15(probably ~.22 caliber), they must be trying to confuse someone (themselves?).

      Why not just go with “an assortment of rifles”?

  3. avatar Farmer Tyler says:

    Seems like a lot of trouble to go thru to attempt to get the same result he could have acheived with just one shot….just sayin’.

  4. avatar Michael says:

    Like most, afraid to do the deed himself. …sad that his nightmare atlffected so many others.

  5. avatar LC Judas says:

    He isn’t too bright. He ain’t immortal or bullet proof. If he wanted to die he didn’t need to do all that. I saw handgun in that list. A bullet under the chin is a good remedy. A LOT easier than anything else listed he tried.

    Or just not surrendering. I mean he went full retard then laid down his weapons? Newsflash: Suicide doesn’t end until you’re dead not till you surrender.

    1. avatar Eric S says:

      A bullet under the chin is a terrible way to commit suicide. Talk to a few trauma docs. Often they will blow their face off but miss their brain completely. I’ve heard some gruesome doctor stories of faceless people who were otherwise fine. Can’t withdraw support since there’s still holes to breathe through and they don’t die.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Herbert Sobel (the hated Lt. from “Band of Brothers”) put a bullet into his own temple. It took out both of his optic nerves but didn’t kill him. He spent the rest of his life blind.

        1. avatar Another Robert says:

          Ditto General Beck of the “Valkyrie” Hitler-assassination plot. When he was arrested he asked for a pistol and was given one, did the same thing, fired thru his temple and blinded himself. But Hitler and his boys ultimately finished the job for him.

  6. avatar Craig says:

    I don’t think estimating the odds of someone offing themself, is, uh, something to be debated by a blog that “prides” itself in taking the moral high ground. But used to constantly post pictures of models.

    1. avatar Carry.45 says:

      But really, what do you think the over/under is on if he can actually succeed next time?

  7. avatar SelousX says:

    I hope the perpetrator gets the help he needs.
    I also hope all his firearms were obtained after a background check.

  8. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Speaks much about his character, blame others for fails in business and personal life. Sad his solution was a the unlawful use of guns.

    Surprised the LEO’s didn’t make the most of a training opportunity.

  9. avatar wantmycountryback says:

    See, it doesn’t matter how many you have, you can only shoot one at a time. So much for limits!!!

  10. avatar El Mac says:

    I want one of those elusive Winston Short mags….

  11. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    What are the odds I’d hear about Marysville so soon after the school shooting? They hit him the head and he thinks they are bad shots?!?

  12. avatar DerryM says:

    Sorry for the man’s troubles, but his “solution” sucks. Maybe the Police were good shots if they managed to disable him to capture without killing him. Doesn’t seem he hurt anyone but himself and did some building damage and probably frayed some nerves.
    In my book suicide is never an option, but it looks like some people cannot help themselves from doing it…or trying anyway.

  13. avatar Sammy says:

    Where’s the media coverage? Oh, sorry the guy wasn’t a right wing NRA member. Right, I’ll just move along. Nothing to learn here.

  14. avatar Nick says:

    He said they were bad shots yet he had a gunshot wound to the head. Hmm.

  15. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    This guy accomplished what he REALLY wanted. He made the news. With the collection he had-single shot to that orb atop his neck-but no. Attempt at going down in a blaze of glory went pffft-well deserved. His quest to be remembered as a tragedy was rightfully short lived.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    Well, at least Mr. Hansen won’t have to worry about being homeless for about the next twenty years.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      He should be genuinely popular in prison for having survived a shoot-out with the cops…

    2. avatar T-DOG says:

      he’ll also get that health care needed to remove that bad leg on our dime.

  17. avatar Hannibal says:

    Guess he didn’t bother to learn that (a) cops are trained to shoot to stop a threat, not shoot until suspect is dead and (b) the relatively high survival rates of those shot in the US (especially by handgun rounds).

    But then again someone who is enough of a selfish idiot to endanger this many people when he could have done it all with one shot himself shouldn’t be expected to done the homework, I guess.

  18. avatar doesky2 says:

    Surprisingly I read that life insurance usually pays out if you die committing a crime or suicide (as long as the insurance policy was valid for 2 years).

  19. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    If at 1st you don’t succeed………………
    and he will Im sure if he isn’t locked up for a long long time.

  20. avatar mdc says:

    Wife sent a text,for better or better. No worse.

  21. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    yep suicide by cop is a bad idea if you are movin at all or are a bit of distance away. We all know police can not shoot for anything.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      I wouldn’t generalize that far. Some cops are competition shooters with trophies sitting at their offices and on top of their gun vaults, prior USMC infantry, hunters, or all of the above.

      1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

        I thought that Jeff Cooper had an interesting observation in that if a cop was good with a gun, he probably learned to shoot well elsewhere before he was a cop.

        1. avatar BigDinVT says:

          What do you mean cops are bad shots? An NYPD officer was able to hit an innocent bystander from a half a block away when shooting at an axe wielding assailant.

  22. avatar Robert Inguaggiato says:

    To all that think he could have or should have done himself in he probably had life insurance does not pay for suicide.

  23. avatar K. Richards says:

    Talked to a few officers over the years and all I can say is from their mouths “we only have to qualify one maybe two times a year”.

    I don’t feel right if I pass a couple weeks w/ongoing to the range!!!

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