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Chargers LB shot by off-duty officer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member


    SAN DIEGO - Chargers linebacker Steve Foley was recovering after being shot near his upscale suburban house by an off-duty police officer following the player's second run-in with law enforcement in 4 1/2 months.
    Foley's agent, David Levine, told The Associated Press that Foley was shot three times and had surgery for wounds to his leg, arm and chest.

    "He's out of danger at this point," Levine said.

    Coach Marty Schottenheimer said the wounds were not life-threatening.

    "All we're worried about is that he's OK," Schottenheimer said in a telephone interview with the AP.

    Sheriff's officials said the shooting occurred about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after the off-duty Coronado police officer followed a suspected drunken driver weaving in and out of freeway traffic at speeds up to 90 mph. Authorities said the driver nearly collided with several other vehicles.

    Foley, 30, stopped three times, sheriff's officials said. During one of the stops, Lisa Maree Gaut, a passenger in the vehicle, yelled at the officer, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred after Foley got out of the vehicle near his home in Poway, north of San Diego, and began walking toward the officer, sheriff's officials said. Gaut got behind the wheel and drove next to Foley in the direction of the officer, the officials said.

    The officer identified himself, authorities said, and warned Foley he was armed. He fired a warning shot, at which point Gaut steered the car at the officer, sheriff's officials said.

    "The officer fired two rounds at the vehicle," sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos said. "The male then came at the officer and put his right hand by his waistband and the officer fired at him."

    Foley was taken to an area hospital where he was recovering.

    Sheriff's officials wouldn't say how many times Foley was shot or what, if any, charges will be filed against him.

    He was arrested April 21 on charges of resisting arrest after police said he scuffled with officers. He also was booked on charges of battery on a police officer and public drunkenness.

    The district attorney's office said recently it was not pursuing charges against Foley in that incident.

    Coronado police also declined to give any information about the off-duty officer. Coronado, a wealthy peninsular enclave, is across the bay from downtown San Diego. Sheriff's officials said the off-duty officer first encountered Foley on a freeway in northern San Diego.

    Gaut, 25, was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility on suspicion of DUI and assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $17,500. She was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

    Meanwhile, authorities towed a Cutlass Supreme with a purple interior late Sunday afternoon from the neighborhood of spacious ranch homes, large lots and towering eucalyptus trees.

    Neighbor Kent Goodman said the car belonged to Foley. According to the Chargers' media guide, Foley and his father restored a 1971 Cutlass Supreme.

    Another neighbor, Rick Jennings, said he was awake at 3:40 a.m. when he heard yelling outside. He went outside after hearing two loud pops he thought were firecrackers.

    "I heard a female scream, 'Let it go! No, no, no!' And then four more shots. I heard more screaming and then two more shots and in seconds the first marked officer showed up."

    Foley had lived at the Poway home for about 1 1/2 years.

    Foley, who played at Northeast Louisiana from 1994-97, has played eight seasons in the NFL, for Cincinnati, Houston and San Diego. He signed with the Chargers in March 2004. That year he set career highs with 10 sacks and five forced fumbles.

    The Chargers did not practice on Sunday and will open the season at Oakland on Sept. 11.


    Associated Press Writers Christina Almeida in Los Angeles and Elliot Spagat in San Diego, and freelance writer Sandy Burgin in San Diego, contributed to this report.
  2. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I can't say I blame the officer for shooting him, I'd have probably done the same if somebody was reaching for the waistband. Somehow I don't think there would be any questions as to whether I would be charged for the doing the same, must be nice. :eek:

    What a dumbass :rolleyes:
  3. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Off duty, not in uniform, not in marked car, only his word that he identified himself, drove recklessly through the streets in pursuit of my client, your honor, this officer is a madman, and a danger to the good people of San Diego. My client thought someone was trying to rob him.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    GR for the defense. Hell of it is, it's a good one, and barring blood test results indicating intoxication, it will probably work.:mad:
  5. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Why do I have a feeling you might be right on how it might go down in court, if it gets there?
  6. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Everything SCREAMS excessive force. "Officer____ do you have a problem with black people living in nice homes. Do you have something against black people? WHY THEN, instead of identifying yourself as a police officer, did you shout: 'get out of the car, n_____.'"
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Why, ideed? Then again, why approach (read as charge) a man with a gun, even if you weigh close to 300 pounds? Taking a side of beef to a gunfight is about as effective as a knife. That said, the cop didn't show much better sense, and he's a lousy shot as well.:sneaky:
  8. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Even worse. DARK gun, dark, on a dark street. "Your honor, this sleaseball wanna-be-LAPD-officer baited my client with racial epiteths to anger him, lure him toward his car so he could shoot him. This is not LA, we don't shoot people just for being black. Your honor, we demand a mistrial, please hold 'THAT MAN'", pointing finger at police officer," in contempt of court until I can discuss charges with the DA."

    Get the officer's training officers in there, make it clear he was not trained to chase down people while in civilian clothes, and how much he is liable if he does.
  9. ricdoug

    ricdoug Monkey+++

    I got the 411 yesterday from a Coronado PD officer...

    She stated Foley was driving erratically a high rate of speed. The officer put on the Cherry and Siren and attempted to pull Foley over THREE TIMES! The THIRD time, Foley stopped, got out of the car, verbally threatened the officer, got back into his car and attempted to hit (or scare) the officer. I blame Foley. He's got a record of pushing the envelope around here. Good thing I'm not a cop. It would have been his demise threatening to beat me down. My only decision would have been to use my hands or a weapon. Same result. Ric
  10. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Dead men tell no lies :D
  11. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    See how fast the propaganda machine works. One day, and it's gone from off-duty police officer to cherry and siren.

    " Your honor, my client has been deprived of his livelihood by this officer who chased him to his home and shot him."

  12. ricdoug

    ricdoug Monkey+++

    Haven't you ever seen Starsky & Hutch?...

    Many off-duty's carry Magnetic Cherries and have a PA/Siren installed in their POV's. The officer was off-duty in their Privately Owned Vehicle. I know a member of the Coronado team and trust "Her" judgement. Foley can only be wreckless and intimidating, until he's "Threatening" enough to force the issue of deadly force. I'm a local. He's got a record of "pushing" people around, here. He's lucky to have run into a cop that faltered on accuracy in the heat of the moment and just wounded him. Now that punk can sue. Ric
  13. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Foley is trouble. When he was at NLU he had a record. Right before or after the draft he was brought up on charges of domestic dispute after beating his girlfriend, he served some time but I don't remember how much.
  14. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I realize that there has always been and always will be people in pro sports that make less than ideal symbols for our youth to look up to. That being said this seems to becoming the norm rather than the exception for sports. Take you pick football, baseball, basketball, hockey it really doesn't matter. It seems that these pieces of trash collect their big paydays and then expect everyone to grovel at their feet.
    My personal feeling is that these loosers should be nailed to the wall just as hard as any of us. Guess it just gives me one more reason to look at getting rid of the tv, and teaching my kids about true idols like their grandpa and great grandpa.

    As a side note did anyone notice how concerned ole Schottenhiemer was about the officer?
    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  15. ricdoug

    ricdoug Monkey+++

    Us Locals are concerned about the Officer and have been...

    very vocal about it. I seriously doubt the Chargers will hang on to Foley after his actions. The Chargers are VERY in tune to the social climate of San Diego. Ric
  16. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Think maybe the cop was a Raiders fan?

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