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Armed and Dangerous

Posted on | September 13, 2020 | No Comments

 

Say hello to Antonio Davis. In September 2017, he was a fugitive when he was shot by police in Spokane, Washington:

Police have identified and arrested a man who fled from a car early Monday after the car’s driver was shot and wounded by law enforcement.
Jake Torlone, 29, was wanted on a warrant from Reno, Nevada. He was located and booked into the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday.
Driver Antonio Davis, 25, was wanted on warrants from Reno for felony possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm into a vehicle and assault with bodily harm. The Washington State Patrol said Wednesday that Davis is also a suspect in a Reno homicide.
Spokane police had received a notification from Reno police indicating that Davis may be living or visiting the Spokane area and warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the WSP.
Officers Chris McMurtrey and Tucker Seitz spotted Davis driving in north Spokane around 2:30 a.m. Monday and attempted to pull him over. Davis fled, but crashed his car on Sinto Avenue just west of Monroe. Court documents released Tuesday indicate that one of the two officers fired at Davis after he turned toward them after trying and failing to climb over a fence. The documents do not indicate which officer fired.
Davis was wounded in the arm and was treated at a local hospital before being booked into jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to elude police. His bond has been set at $75,000.
Investigators found a handgun and ammunition inside a driver’s side door pocket in Davis’ car and another handgun was found in a nearby alley where Torlone had been last seen.

Here is the video of that shooting incident:

 

One might think that Davis, having skipped out of Reno and then fled police as a fugitive in Spokane, would have spent some time in the Washington State prison system, but it seems that officials there instead returned him to Nevada, where he was arrested in June 2018:

A man sought after skipping a court hearing Tuesday has surrendered after a brief standoff in Reno.
25-year-old Antonio Davis was seen the afternoon of June 6, 2018, in the area of Oddie and Montello by a Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy. Davis was in a car with another man, Terrell Lopp, who then led the deputy on a short car chase through town, according to investigators.
The chase ended near an apartment at 6th and Spokane in Reno, where the car stalled. Lopp was arrested shortly after that, but Davis, who was armed, broke into the apartment, leading Reno Police and Sheriff’s deputies to negotiate for his surrender. He walked out and was taken into custody about an hour after the standoff began. He does not live in that apartment; nor does anyone he knows. It’s not clear whether anyone was home in the apartment when he broke in, but there were no hostages.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says Davis had run from deputies after failing a mandatory drug test before a scheduled court appearance June 5, and had been on the run since.
Davis was already facing a Reno charge of battery with a deadly weapon; he is now charged with battery by prisoner, resisting a public officer, escape by felony prisoner, driver disobeying a peace officer and parole violation. Lopp is charged with disobeying a peace officer and driving on a revoked license.

Simple question: What does it take to get somebody locked up? A murder suspect flees the state, “armed and dangerous,” runs from the cops, gets shot and arrested, then for some unknown reason is turned loose, so that he can perpetrate still more felonies? Everybody keeps telling me that we’ve got a “mass incarceration” problem in America, but if that is so, why was it so difficult to keep Antonio Davis behind bars?

Well, it’s been more than two years since Antonio Davis made headlines, so I’m assuming he finally went to prison. God knows, if he was still out on the streets, he’d be perpetrating more mayhem.




 

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