Wait, what? That’s the obvious conclusion Katy Sweeny draws. She writes for the Chico Enterprise-Record. Her article is re-printed at correctionsone.com and ledes with this gem: ” The Chico man who shot a Sacramento police dog Friday and was then killed by an officer would likely still be alive if he was not released from the Butte County Jail because of overcrowding.” Like Curley, Lucus Webb was just a victim of soicumstance. Apparently, the fact that he missed two court appearances, boosted a car, led a Sacramento cop on a car chase and shot a police dog (not pictured above) wasn’t a factor . . .
As Katy sees it, poor Lucus is dead because the heartless masters of the Butte County Jail ruthlessly let him go due to overcrowding. Court-ordered inmate releases force counties with too little hoosegow space to let crooks go on their own recognizance. Webb was in for “carrying a dirk or dagger.”
“When you have overcrowded jails, they are making the best choices,” (Butte County District Attorney Mike) Ramsey said of jail staff. “Do we release a rapist, a murderer, a serial burglar or release this guy who had a knife down his pants?”
They chose the guy with the knife down his pants.
About 9:50 a.m. Friday, Sacramento police tried to stop a car stolen from Chico near Broadway and 24th Street in the capital city, but the driver led them on a chase, police reported. The car almost hit a group of children.
Officers soon found a man and woman on foot near Riverside Boulevard and Robertson Way.
Police arrested the woman, Leslie McCulley, 28, also of Chico, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The man ran into a backyard and fired multiple rounds at an officer, hitting police dog Bodie in the face and paw, police reported. The officer returned fire, killing the man.
Bodie was rushed to an animal hospital and is now recovering, police reported. He is a 4-year-old German Shepherd and has been with the Sacramento Police Department for a year.
Sure is a good thing (most) law abiding Californians can’t carry a gun or someone could really have gotten hurt.