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Saturday, May 28, 2005

That Crane Standoof

My favorite dumb news item of late has to be the murder suspect who was sitting on top of a crane at a construction site threatening to jump. He gets points for creativity. It's all over now, as the AP reports:

A 56-hour standoff with a homicide suspect perched on a construction crane ended peacefully early Saturday when police shocked him with a stun gun as he reached for a cup of water, authorities said.

On what planet is shocking someone with a stun gun peaceful?

Another nice detail:

The standoff unfolded above Atlanta's busy Buckhead neighborhood, an area filled with clubs and restaurants. Lunch and dinner crowds, taking advantage of summer-like weather, have packed restaurant patios with clear views of the standoff.

I presume that means people would arrive at the restaurant and say, "Hi, party of four, non-smoking, and we'd like a view of the crazy guy on the crane if you've got a table outside." Because seeing if the guy plummets to his death would make for a delightful meal.