Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

June 6, 2012

In the line of duty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 4:08 pm

Hello reader friends.  I’d like to start by apologizing for my recent absence from the blogosphere.  We’ve gotten into that crazy-busy time of year as the end of the school year approaches and I haven’t had the time to sit and write and read blogs as much as I’d like to.

On top of all the usual busy-ness at this time of year, a terribly sad event that sickens me to my stomach has occured this week, and I felt the need to express my feelings here in this space.  As many of you may know, my husband is a police officer in the city right next to the little suburb where I live.  On this past Monday, in the middle of a sunny afternoon, a police officer in the city my husband works for, was shot and killed in the line of duty.

The story, as I understand it, is that the officer was escorting a couple living in an apartment complex.  The woman had just had a restraining order issued against the man, and asked for police assistance when the man came to the apartment to gather his belongings.  Upon reaching the apartment, the woman and man went inside when the man suddenly slammed the apartment door and shot the police officer through the door.  He then shot the woman (who I believe is still in critical condition), opened the door and shot the officer again, ran out of the apartment and killed himself.

I feel sucker-punched and sick to the stomach.  Someone who could conceive of this type of violence obviously has no regard for human life.  As angry as he may have been, what solace did killing a 36-year veteran of the police department bring him?  Desperate enough to take his own life?  Why take innocent other lives with him?

We will never have the answers to these questions.

Thank you for allowing me the space to express my feelings today; I know this is not what you normally come to my blog to read.  If you have the opportunity, say “thank you” to a police officer today.


  1. Oh, Karma…how terribly, terribly tragic. I had heard about this story and agree, it is senseless and so very, very sad. Your community and the surrounding areas must be grief-stricken and still in shock. It will take some time for all of you to come to grips with what has happened. I bet you are hugging your husband a Iittle be tighter these days and trying very hard not to imagine the “what if”. I’m so sorry for you, your husband and that community.

    I also find the photo you included here to be particularly poignant because Monday was my birthday. Seeing that date under the police officer’s photo and knowing he gave his life on that day, while I celebrated my own….well, it simply brings on a few tears. A grim reminder of just how fleeting this life is so make the most of every, single day. Hugs.

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 6, 2012 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  2. This type of violence will never make any sense. I have heard it said that domestic disturbance cases are the most dangerous, most probably because of the intensity of the emotions. I do not understand it – is it a torqued gene, a chromosone gone wrong, a chemical imbalance? Whatever the cause, violence leaves behind it a wake of sadness, of loss, of horror. My heart is with you, and with the family of the slain police officer.

    Comment by Carol — June 7, 2012 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  3. Such a senseless tragedy. I’m so sorry Karen.

    Comment by Andrea L — June 9, 2012 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  4. How sad 😦

    Comment by TheDailyClick — June 9, 2012 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  5. Oh Karma. How hard, and how much harder for your police community than for the rest of us to process. It goes to show those restraining orders don’t make anyone safe, even with police protection. I’m so sorry this happened..I hope she makes it…and I hope everyone rallies around your police officers, and officers everywhere.

    Comment by Dawn — June 9, 2012 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  6. Just went and watched the funeral. Such a shame. Hugs to all of you.

    Comment by Dawn — June 9, 2012 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  7. […] I think those words would have a nice feeling, so very different from how I was feeling earlier this week. […]

    Pingback by Photo Hunting in June « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — June 10, 2012 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  8. I am strongly opposed to deadly weapons. I know a lot of people would disagree with me, but I believe that NO ONE needs a gun – this just reenforces my belief. My heart goes out to the officer’s family and friends, and to you and your family. ♥

    Comment by Photo By Holly — June 11, 2012 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  9. We want so much to make sense of senseless acts Karma. So much sadness in this act. The officer, the woman and the families of all of them. I feel particularly for the family of the man who committed this outrageous act.

    I agree with Holly. If that man had not had that gun, that officer would still be alive.

    Comment by sybil — June 14, 2012 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

  10. Karen, it has taken a while to respond to this. Only those who serve and their families can really understand that ‘gut punched’ feeling this brings. There is no making sense of it. When I was a sergeant, one of my troopers was shot on a traffic stop. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his family and his ‘brothers’.

    Comment by tedgriffith — June 15, 2012 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  11. Oh, Karma. This is awful. My father is a retired police officer. My brother-in-law and cousin are currently police officers. It’s a scary business to be in. My heart goes out to you, and to the family of the officer who was senselessly killed.

    I agree with Holly about guns. But it’s not a popular opinion in my part of the world.

    Comment by Robin — June 21, 2012 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

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