Wednesday, November 26, 2008

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away

Even if they are right outside. From the anti-gun, reason-free paradise that is Washington, D.C.:
Tiffany Gates was so afraid for her life that she began making her own funeral arrangements.

The 33-year-old had been stalked by her former boyfriend, who relatives said abused her for at least a year. In August, he set her Southeast Washington apartment on fire. On Friday, authorities said, he stabbed her to death after she dialed family members and 911. Gates was on the phone with a federal marshal as she was being attacked.

"He is here and kicking my door in," she told him. The marshal called for backup, but by the time he and D.C. police entered the building a short time later, Gates lay dying.

The killing was the culmination of a violent relationship, as described in court documents and by family members and friends. Police arrested her former boyfriend, Roderick A. Ridley, 31, who was hiding in a vacant apartment in the building. He was charged with second-degree murder while armed.

The marshal and a D.C. corrections officer, members of a regional fugitive task force who were looking for Ridley because he had escaped from a halfway house, were outside the apartment building when the attack occurred. Family members questioned why the men did not rush in before police arrived. Two law enforcement officials familiar with the details raised a similar point but spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. Family members also said they wish Ridley had been charged with first-degree murder. [emphasis added]

"Marshals were outside the door while they were stabbing her," said Manyka Gaither, a family friend. "It's an insult."

Article here. Remember, you don't need a gun, just call 9-1-1. Just be a good victim and make sure you make your funeral arrangements in advance.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The family should get an lawyer and sue the Task force for their negligents in trying to prevent this hobbile act. I knew the lady since she was a young child and two nights before her death she came to visit my daughter. My daughter when to school with Tiff. My daughter and I are heart broken over this and our prays go out to her family and friend to always remember Tiff and the ray of sunshine that she was.