Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oh What a Night!

Tonight as I was putting my kids to bed, my phone rang. (Miraculously I beat Carter to it.) It was the 911 dispatch. I instantly thought, "Which kid dialed 911 this time?!" But the phone call was a warning to all residents in my area to stay inside, lock all doors and windows, and not let anyone in our homes because armed suspects were on the loose. Ay-yi-yi, NOT what a wife likes to hear when the hubby is gone.

Not wanting to scare my kids, I nonchalantly made sure all my windows and doors were locked, and closed my curtains and blinds. Several people called to make sure we were okay and that we knew about it. (Thanks for the concern everyone.) My mom asked if I had a baseball bat or anything near by that I could use if needed. I told her I had my curling iron and whistle ready. LOL! (These worked when we were burglarized last time.)

Then I got on the phone with my parents and peaked out my windows to see if I could see anything going down. (That's the red neck in me coming out. I love a good police chase, and I was really wishing I had my dad's old police scanner to listen too.) Sure enough, cop cars and news vehicles were everywhere. The cops circled my block about 6 different times. And the news reports said that shots had been fired and someone was dead. This kind of thing does NOT happen in my town, let alone in my neighborhood. It was a little frightening.

Anyway, when all was said and done, just about 2 blocks from my house, a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle (which the suspects had demanded keys from a family) ended with a bad wreck. A suspect was killed in that, another suspect was injured, and a third was still on the loose. The last suspect held a woman hostage in her home, but the police were able to come in and no one was harmed. SOOOO scary. We have several friends from my kids' classes that live right in the area where it all came to an end and I can't wait to hear their versions of the story. I really hope they weren't involved at all other than witnessing the events. The whole thing took about 2 1/2 hours. In fact, I just barely got the call from the 911 dispatch saying that it was over. Here's a news video about the mess.

Makes for a pretty crazy night and makes me appreciate having Jarom home a whole lot more!

16 comments:

Miki said...

Holy Cow! YOU had quite an interesting "it's time to go to bed..." evening!

I'm glad everything's okay.

....didn't get the news clip in case you want people to tell you...

Elena Manwaring said...

Miki- Did you click on the words "here's a clip"? It's just a link to the news site. It works for me. So I am curious why it doesn't work for you.

Miki said...

okay, I'll try...

Miki said...

Ah HAH!! It worked. I feel a little silly as I HAVE been able to click on such things before, AND figure them out ALL by myself.

head shake.

Anyway, I think the thing that threw ME (I swear, sometimes I really do feel like the only one who can't figure out the simplest of things! btw, I know you're not supposed to put an exclamation point at the end of a sentence in parenthesis, I just need the ooomph, and I also know that just because you put parnthesis up that it doesn't mean you can run on forever and ever and ever.....but I digress) was that the words were all the same color. Now that I've clicked on them, they're all red. I want to see the original post again (pre-clicked) to see if they are the same color. I'll just log out and in again...

You DID say to click on it, however, so I shouldn't have needed the different colors!! I should have just minded the boss!

Miki said...

Did you notith all the spellin errorz?

stevie kay said...

When did someone burglarize your house? That's a story I'd like to hear!

Justin and Amber Manwaring said...

I thought about you all night. Justin and I were at the light at Sunnyside and Boulevard, in separate cars, when the chase came through. Justin had to hurry and move to get out of the way so that the car wouldn't hit him if they hit the tire slashing rope. He saw all of the scared faces in the car looking at him and shouting as they drove right next to him. It was crazy, just what we saw. I can't imagine what all of your neighbors went through.

Jennifer P. said...

Remember when I blogged about the time we got that call? So scary!!! I would be freaking out without a husband around--even if I did have a curling iron and a whistle! Glad you've got your folks nearby to lean on--and that everyone is safe (well--at least YOU guys are!).

Hope Mr. Carter gets feeling all better soon. Poor little guy.

becky ward said...

Hey, you forgot the part about using a pillow as your bullet proof vest! (; Glad you are all okay. And Amber...I can't believe you witnessed the chase. CRAZY!

Elena said...

Amber- That is NUTS that you guys were right there. (Thanks for stopping in and checking on me. ;) ) Did you see the wreck then too?

Becky- It wasn't a pillow. LOL! It was my dining room pillar! LOL! I stood behind it when I peaked out the window so I wouldn't get shot. HA!

Elena said...

Oh, and Jennifer, YES, I thought of you all night!!!!

Justin and Amber Manwaring said...

So I just saw the press conference about the whole chase and the guy who was driving the car and got shot is from Blackfoot. I was good friends with his brother. Small world.

Elena said...

Yes, I heard that he was from Blackfoot. What's his brother's name? THere's a Rindflesch (sp?) in Alyssa's class, I hope they're not related. But with a name like that how could they not be.

Emily Loria said...

YIKES! I would be SO SCARED! You are so brave to peek!

Elise said...

Oh my gosh, Elena! How SCARY!!! I'm so glad everything is okay. Insane.

So, did I get that right that you've been burgled? You need to share.

Glad you're safe.

The CEO said...

SCARY!!!! I'm glad you are safe!!!