Heroic Bungie Employee Makes Legendary Citizen's Arrest

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Heroic Bungie Employee Makes Legendary Citizen's Arrest

A Bungie employee used a concealed weapon and his father's handcuffs to subdue a suspected gunman.

If you're planning to have a shootout at a bank in Seattle, look around to make sure Jeff Fletcher isn't lurking.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, a fight broke out between two men in a U.S. Bank parking lot. Both men allegedly drew weapons, and one was shot and injured.

Fletcher, a former security guard and current employee of famed Halo developer, Bungie, said he witnessed the ordeal from behind an ATM while his friend hid in their vehicle. The shooter approached Fletcher's position, prompting him to draw his own legally concealed firearm and confront the suspect.

"I told him to drop his weapon, he dropped his weapon," Fletcher said. "I told him to get on the ground, he got on the ground."

Minutes later, Fletcher said he remembered he was carrying his father's old handcuffs. That's reasonable. I never leave home without at least one pair, either. He detained the suspect, searched the shooter, and sat the man on the curb to wait until law enforcement arrived.

Fletcher warned against ordinary citizens engaging in this risky behavior, but "to ex-police or ex-army, or somebody who's got sufficient training and who's willing to take on that kind of risk for their loved ones or their community and has the capacity to do it, absolutely."

Investigators with the King County Sheriff's Office believe the quarrel was over a drug deal. The victim's gunshot wound was later deemed non-life-threatening.

The best part of this situation? Fletcher was wearing an Admiral Ackbar shirt the whole time.

Source: King5, via CVG

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If there was a studio full of guys like him they would produce the most bad ass games ever.

That guys got balls.

2012 Wont Happen:
If there was a studio full of guys like him they would produce the most bad ass games ever.

"If?" :P

Local hero, Bungie employee, and he lives in Twin Peaks? That's pretty badass all round!

before people start saying how awesome it is to carry guns to do stuff like this: he is a trained professional, i do support people like him carrying guns.

2012 Wont Happen:
If there was a studio full of guys like him they would produce the most bad ass games ever.

Oh wait...

OP: That assailant should have known to just walk away, it was a trap.

Neat.
These are actually the kind of people I donīt mind carrying guns around at all.
Both trained how to actually use one and how to act in such a situation.
Could have gone really wrong otherwise.

Bungie Employee? I hope he tea bagged the guy.

Smart criminal. Bungie guy's pistol probably had a scope anyways. You know he's packing the Halo: CE model.

I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

No, we probably wouldnīt.
We would also be pissed off, if he discharged his gun by accident and killed an innocent bystander. Or shot himself in the foot and bled to death.
But what would have really messed up his whole heroism thing, would have been a dragon swooping down from the sky and devouring everybody.
Or, you know, any other entirely hypothetical situation.

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

You beat me to it, so you're indeed the first one. I guess that it's pretty much the good ol' debate as to how strict you want gun licencing to be.

But whatever the rules are: carrying a concealed gun is not going to get you any bonus points with me.

Wonder if he drew it like a Spartan...

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

Fletcher warned against ordinary citizens engaging in this risky behavior, but "to ex-police or ex-army, or somebody who's got sufficient training and who's willing to take on that kind of risk for their loved ones or their community and has the capacity to do it, absolutely."

With respect, at least he does mention that. It's not something that just anyone should try and do. By all means, if you you see something like this, the best thing to do is call 911.

This was more of an extraordinary situation where someone had the training and means to get involved. I've worked in the security field for nearly 3 years now and I'll soon start working on my permit to carry for employment, that doesn't mean I would be too keen to get into a scrape with some bad lad on the street, but it is a piece of mind to know there are good guys out there too.

Also, what's with bank robbers getting busted left, right and center lately? I remember there was a story a couple months ago where someone tried to rob a bank and a US Army sergeant who had just got back home on leave ran him down and beat him half senseless.

I saw this on Bungie's Twitter Feed a day or two ago. It's pretty awesome, isn't it? Between their security guard and this dude, Bungie has their fair share of badasses on their payroll.

Know what this is? NERD JUSTICE.

When the shooter saw the shirt, he should have known that it's a trap.

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

True, but he had extensive firearms experience, as he said: "to ex-police or ex-army, or somebody who's got sufficient training and who's willing to take on that kind of risk for their loved ones or their community and has the capacity to do it, absolutely."

Anyways, I made a thread about this a few hours ago, but whatever. :)

TheAmazingHobo:
No, we probably wouldnīt.
We would also be pissed off, if he discharged his gun by accident and killed an innocent bystander. Or shot himself in the foot and bled to death.
But what would have really messed up his whole heroism thing, would have been a dragon swooping down from the sky and devouring everybody.
Or, you know, any other entirely hypothetical situation.

Gerhardt:
With respect, at least he does mention that. It's not something that just anyone should try and do. By all means, if you you see something like this, the best thing to do is call 911.

This was more of an extraordinary situation where someone had the training and means to get involved. I've worked in the security field for nearly 3 years now and I'll soon start working on my permit to carry for employment, that doesn't mean I would be too keen to get into a scrape with some bad lad on the street, but it is a piece of mind to know there are good guys out there too.

Well said guys. This wasn't just some random guy carrying an illegal firearm on him. He knew what he was doing and we shouldn't say he did something wrong because of what might have happened. What did happen is that someone who used to be a security guard and thus had undergone training for these kind of situations put his life on the line and was able to stop a bad guy from hurting any more people.

sir.rutthed:
Smart criminal. Bungie guy's pistol probably had a scope anyways. You know he's packing the Halo: CE model.

Nice.

And now I know what Master Chief really looks like.

Stupid criminal. You know bungie employs always carry scoped overpowered pistols
You just lucky he forgot his armor and recon helmont

Beryl77:
When the shooter saw the shirt, he should have known that it's a trap.

This must be the worst joke, but the best comment, I've seen this week...

OT: Good on ya, man. Seriously, if Bungie had a nuclear missile coming their way or if a plane was going to crash in Seattle, I'm pretty sure they'd find some way to stop it. Break out their Falcons, or something...

Kargathia:

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

You beat me to it, so you're indeed the first one. I guess that it's pretty much the good ol' debate as to how strict you want gun licencing to be.

But whatever the rules are: carrying a concealed gun is not going to get you any bonus points with me.

Fuck..i've been to Seattle, when i visited the states..does that mean everyone around me was packing heat? and i didn't know???

I'd be more impressed if he held his gun sideways.

Although I do think it's a little bit convenient that he was holding a pistol and handcuffs.

gyroscopeboy:

Kargathia:

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

You beat me to it, so you're indeed the first one. I guess that it's pretty much the good ol' debate as to how strict you want gun licencing to be.

But whatever the rules are: carrying a concealed gun is not going to get you any bonus points with me.

Fuck..i've been to Seattle, when i visited the states..does that mean everyone around me was packing heat? and i didn't know???

I doubt it.

I've lived in the US my whole life (mostly in the south, to boot), and i've only ever seen a real fire arm once, not counting on police or military.

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

Or maybe something happened when he was working as a security guard that taught him to never be unprepared and to never let his guard down.

Either way, way to go there judging someone you don't know who probably just saved a few lives. Bravo.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

and what would you think of him if he did nothing and the gunman had gone on to cause the death of a bystander or two, and you found out that there was a trained professional on site who had the capacity to resolve the situation but chose to just let it happen instead?

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

Yeah sure, but then again, i'd also treat him differently if he'd pulled his wang out and slapped the dude in the face (ugh, mental image :O)

My point is, what you said is some of the worst things that could have happened. Everything would be completely different, so yeah of course people would react differently. I for one, would be calling him a stupid hero, but a hero nonetheless.

teebeeohh:
before people start saying how awesome it is to carry guns to do stuff like this: he is a trained professional, i do support people like him carrying guns.

I don't know.....he said he was a former security guard, sure that could mean trained professional, or it could mean he walked around in a mall in a uniform for 6 months doing nothing, there's no way to know.

It really came down to luck, he said all he did was draw his weapon and tell the guy to drop his and he did, after that the threat was diffused, no real "professional training" coming into play there except the balls to try to stop the guy. (Yes he had handcuffs and knew how to properly search him and such, but that's not the important part, getting the guy to drop his gun is what actually mattered)

Though don't get me wrong, this guy is a hero for stopping the robbery.

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

You call it being an asshole, I call it being prepared.

Here's my take, if he drew his gun without the gunman shooting anyone, he wouldn't be a hero, because he would be risking a gunfight where there probably wouldn't have been one otherwise, but once the gunman shot an innocent bystander and demonstrated he was fully willing to kill the people in the bank, then he was a hero for pulling the gun, because at that point it wasn't just an attempt to prevent money being stolen, it was an attempt to save innocent lives.

Given the circumstances I just described I'd be saluting him even if he got his head blown off.

danpascooch:

Given the circumstances I just described I'd be saluting him even if he got his head blown off.

Since it is legal for him to carry a concealed firearm, I wouldn't delve further into this issue. The handcuffs ? Well, kinda odd that he had some around, but they wheren't really integral to the story. Once the gunmen dropped his weapon and got on the ground, he surrendered anyway. Without cuffs Fletcher would have had a harder time controling him, but if you have a good friend with you to keep an eye out and call the police, it's an easy procedure.

This certainly was no act of vigilantism - it's civic courage. He only stopped somebody obviously commiting a crime until authorities arrived. Unless the life of somebody is in direct danger, don't even think about resisting in a robbery or engange somebody who might have a weapon on him.
Anyone without training should propably just look after the guy beeing shot AFTER the gunmen has left.

Andy Chalk:
I guess I'll be the first one to take the position that anybody who drives around in his spare time carrying a concealed gun and handcuffs is probably kind of an asshole.

I also can't help but wonder if we'd be hailing his "heroism" quite so much if he'd got himself shot in the face, or dragged the gunfight out even longer, maybe resulting in the death of a bystander or two.

First, but not the last.

Nice job, guy. Glad everyone's safe. But...Talk to a shrink for a couple hours, mmk?

Bungie: 1 Crime: 0

Oh yeah, first to come up with it on this thread!

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What the hell is this CAPTCHA? I'm pretty sure I got it right, but still, keep it simple jeez.

A lot less impresed when i read that he was carrying a gun too.

Torrasque:

2012 Wont Happen:
If there was a studio full of guys like him they would produce the most bad ass games ever.

Oh wait...

OP: That assailant should have known to just walk away, it was a trap.

damn i got ninja'd

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