An 88-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after pointing a gun at utility workers and sheriff’s deputies. The utility workers were contracted through AT&T and were laying an underground cable in the public right of way along the street. They contacted police to say that the woman, Onilas Lee Simpson (above), was “on her porch with her gun and is threatening to shoot us.” The first deputy showed up about three minutes later, and in the meantime the workers had moved their trucks off the right of way and into the road to take cover from Simpson, who was pointing her pellet rifle at them. Upon the arrival of a pair of sheriff’s deputies, she switched her attention to them. They drew their weapons and ordered her to drop the gun . . .
which she eventually did and was taken into custody. During the investigation, deputies learned that Simpson had spoken to the utility workers the previous week and told them she’d shoot them if they came back. She was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, both felonies. The utility workers declined to press charges.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Loudoun County, Virginia today. Y’know, sometimes lockdowns really are warranted in the interests of public safety, and I like to highlight those when I see them to show that the system can occasionally work. However, this is not one of those times. Around 1:45 p.m. today, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible shooting at the Dulles Town Center in Sterling, Virginia. Upon arrival by law enforcement, the mall was shut down, and deputies learned that the caller who made the report had overheard two females talking about a possible shooting and that they had to leave. The two females could not be located and have not contacted law enforcement directly. “Out of an abundance of caution” the mall was searched, without result. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising there was no shooting or gunman seen at the mall. The mall remained closed at 3:20 p.m., but was expected to reopen shortly. [h/t TF]
Do you know how to dual wield your handguns? Want to star in a John Woo movie? Well, here’s a quick (very quick) lesson. [h/t ENDO]
A man was shot and wounded by Chicago police late Monday night while he stood on a balcony after he started to point a gun at a police sergeant. Police had been called to the area on an MWAG call, and found the man walking around the neighborhood waving a gun. They chased him into a nearby apartment and he ran out on the balcony, pointing the gun at his head and telling the sergeant who tried to talk him down that they’d have to shoot him if they wanted him to drop the gun. He then “started lowering the gun toward the sergeant,” and another officer opened fire, hitting the man in his side. After getting hit, he told police he didn’t need help getting into the ambulance because he’d been shot before.
The Arizona state House has passed a law that makes it illegal to ban concealed weapons from public buildings, including city halls and public libraries, unless those buildings have signs, metal detectors, and gun lockers. The current law says that towns can ban guns with by posting a no-gun rule and providing a storage locker, but Rep. Brenda Barton’s bill would add the metal detector requirement. As she puts it, “Street gangs and gang members and criminals have always carried their guns into city hall and the public library. They simply ignore the signs.” Two more companion measures also passed the House; the first allows any person or organization affected by a local gun rule to ask a judge to overturn the rule, and if successful, they can collect up to $100,000 in legal fees. A third measure makes any community or public official who enforced a gun regulation beyond what the state legislature has approved liable for a $5,000 civil penalty.
Silencerco asks: Wanting to buy a silencer, but don’t know where to start? We’ve discovered this vintage instructional film that will answer your questions. The message is still relevant today!
22plinkster with his third annual March Madness Trick Shot. Lots of front-loaded talking, the shooting starts at 1:25, and since he’s a good shot, is over soon after.