And It Was A Wild Night At The RV Park

We had a really great (albeit very, very long) day yesterday. I will post later today with our photos but wanted to let everybody know about the excitement as we arrived home. We arrived back at the park about 2100 in the evening after our trek and stopping for dinner and saw the SWAT team vehicle parked in the entrance, two ambulances, a fire engine, 8 or 10 police SUVs, and more guts in bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles than you could count. We parked and started investigatin’ and figgered out that the guy almost directly across from our site had been in a standoff with the cops. He supposedly has cancer, starts drinking about 0700 every day and is falling down drunk by noon, got divorced by his wife, and just lost his long haul trucker job since he failed his recertification……I guess the latter two are most likely caused by the former……anyway he was either playing with his 9mm or tried to off himself. Shot himself through the face, bullet went though his window, broke the window of the rig next door (that couple just got here a coupla days ago) and was sitting on the ground. Sure enough, SWAT shows up in a bit, evacuates the remainder of our row of sites, and everybody is lined up by the office watching the standoff. We arrived about 20 minutes after that. The funny thing was the guy who just checked in yesterday. He and his wife dropped the rig and went off to dinner to come home and not be able to get to the rig and watch wrassling or something. He’s yelling at Vance and Tina (the park owners) wanting to know why they let this happen……as if they have any control over what some nut job does unexpectedly. They had already warned the guy after several other minor incidents that one more and he was outa here. Guess they will be calling somebody to come pick up his rig today. Obviously not the park’s fault of course and the new arrival eventually settled down and realized that. Anyhow, after about another 45 minutes or so the SWAT and ambulances left and we were all allowed to return to our homes. So we got a glass of wine, watched TV for a short bit and went to bed. The cops were here until well after midnight processing the crime scene, no idea when they finally left.
CYAs, more with photos later.

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4 Responses to And It Was A Wild Night At The RV Park

  1. I hope the guy is in custody. We’re not a million miles from you if you are still in Graham.

    • Gunther says:

      He’s in the hospital in critical condition. We’re still in Graham for probably another 3 or 4 weeks. Strangest thing we’ve ever had happen to us at an RV Park; most of the people here are multiple repeat visitors who stay for weeks at a time and all have said that nothing like this ever happened before. The owners are very nice and scratched their heads when the newly arrived guy wanted to know why they let it happen. Assuming he survives he’ll be in either jail or the psych ward I’m guessing…at any event he’s not welcome in this RV park any longer.
      If you get nearby to Graham in the next month or so let us know and we’ll get together for a beer or something. Brits are some of my favorite people so himself and I might get along smashingly.

  2. Mj Trainor says:

    Dang, where’s Marshall Matt Dillon and Festus when ya need ’em?? 😉

    • Neil Laubenthal says:

      They wuzz here I think, more guns than I’ve seen in awhile.


      The three kinds of stress…nuclear, cooking and a&&hole. Jello is the key to the relationship.

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