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Las Vegas: Criminal Starts Gunfight; Wounded Female Officer Finishes It

Posted on | September 16, 2022 | No Comments

Say hello to 27-year-old Gabriel Charles and, while you’re at it, go ahead and say good-bye, because this criminal scumbag ceased to be a threat to public safety just a few seconds after he shot a Las Vegas cop.

It was shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday when Officer Tierney Tomburo and her partner pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation. Three males were in the vehicle, including Charles, the front-seat passenger. Officer Tomburo asked all three of the men to exit the vehicle while she investigated and, just after she asked if any of them had any weapons on them, Charles took off running. Officer Tomburo pursued on foot when suddenly, without warning, Charles turned around and fired one shot from a 9-mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol. Officer Tomburo was struck in the pelvis and knocked down, but she was able to grab her own pistol and return fire. She fired four shots, and Charles was fatally wounded. It turned out that, although Charles’ pistol had 14 rounds in the magazine, the gun jammed after he fired the first shot at Officer Tomburo. Assistant Sheriff John McGrath “called the jam a ‘stovepipe’ where the bullet casing doesn’t eject clear from the handgun’s slide”:

“The gun will not fire when it’s like that, but there were 14 additional rounds in the magazine,” he said.

Bodycam shows Charles shooting Officer Tomburo.

A typical amateur error. We may surmise that, after his gun jammed, Charles tried to clear the “stovepipe” — with the intent to shoot Officer Tomburo again — instead of running away. That meant he was standing stock-still right next to the wounded cop, who had a clear target at close range: Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! R.I.P., criminal scumbag.

Assistant Sheriff McGrath said that “if Charles had survived, he would have been facing several charges including attempted murder with a deadly weapon on a protected person, battery with a deadly weapon, resisting with a firearm, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.” Oh, wait — a “prohibited person”? So what he’s really telling us is, the deceased Gabriel Charles was already a convicted felon. Officially, however, “Investigators are not releasing details on Charles’ criminal history, and leaving that responsibility to the District Attorney’s Office.” Just gonna guess he had a very lengthy record, and should not have been out on the streets to begin with. The whole scene was captured on bodycam video and Officer Tomburo’s voice after she was shot doesn’t sound very heroic, but the results speak for themselves.

Did I mention that Officer Tomburo is only 24? That she had only been a member of the Las Vegas police force for two years?

Basically the whole Las Vegas police force turned out to applaud Officer Tomburo when she was released from the hospital on Monday.




 

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