Police Kill Teen After Xbox 360 Theft

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Police Kill Teen After Xbox 360 Theft

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A Colorado teen shot and killed by police this week had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly stealing an Xbox 360 at gunpoint.

It's a sad state of affairs when a kid gets killed for ripping off a gaming console, even if he was being stupid. Police say 18-year-old Brandon Winn had previously met an acquaintance's friend in an apartment to supposedly buy an Xbox 360 from him for $170. When the exchange was to take place, Winn allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot the man if he didn't hand over the gaming console.

A warrant for his arrest was issued, and Denver police waited outside Winn's residence the following day. When another law enforcement agency was called in to provide backup, Winn bolted out of the house and pointed a gun at the police officers, according to an affidavit. An officer then shot him in the torso. He was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

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This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

TsunamiWombat:
This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

Bingo!

Still, why the fuck would you pull a gun on someone for a 360?

TsunamiWombat:
...and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police.

Agreed. However, it is sad a teen thought pulling a gun on police was better than facing the consequences of stealing an Xbox. But lets keep blame where blame is due.

TsunamiWombat:
This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

Stole the words right out of my mouth.

People do stupid stuff when they think they can get away with it.... I say good on the policeman.

You Americans & your guns

Cousin_IT:
You Americans & your guns

Because everyone knows, criminal buy guns legally.

Seriously, ask any Yo-Yo or gangbanger. If they don't cut your throat, they'll tell you all guns are aquired illegally from other countries or are STOLEN from legal owners. Only an idiot uses a gun they bought- Criminals watch CSI too.

TsunamiWombat:
This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

QFT
Seriously, that is the number one dumb thing to do.

The title of the thread is misleading. Eitherway this is a tragic story.

I want to say something funny like "Teen dies from combination of stupidity and bullets" but anyone with half a brain can figure that out. Anyone stupid enough to point a gun at police and think he'll survive hasn't played enough Grand Theft Auto.

But here's another thing to ponder: in the (public, not gaming) news recently the Xbox360 seems to be the only system being mentioned. Is this because Xbox360 owners are more likely to be extreme in their gaming obsession, or is it just coincidence?

Brandon Winn?

More like Brandon Fail.

Seriously though, what did he think would happen if he pointed a gun at the Police who were there to arrest him for armed robbery?

It is tragic that someone got shot, in a roundabout was, because of the desire for an X-Box.
It's also sad that the Police Officer who shot him was put in he position where he had to shoot in the first place. I know that there's a Hollywood stereotype of gun-ho cops, but nobody wants to have to shoot someone over a simple arrest like that, let alone a kid.

Winn's mother, Debra, told our partners at the Denver Post police shot and killed the wrong man. She says police then told her varying stories of what led to her son's death.

It will be interesting to see if there's any more to this claim & how it plays out. It could just be a grieving mother not coming to terms that her son wasn't an angel & wanting to blame someone else, or there could be more to the story than originally reported.

Who knows, it might not have been a clean shooting, which makes it all the more tragic.

Darwin awards in motion.

PumpItUp:
But here's another thing to ponder: in the (public, not gaming) news recently the Xbox360 seems to be the only system being mentioned. Is this because Xbox360 owners are more likely to be extreme in their gaming obsession, or is it just coincidence?

Perhaps it's because the public media has no clue which console is which, so they play it safe... nah.

Anyways, it is sad to see someone stupid enough to die, all because they thought they could get away with pointing a gun to a policeman. A waste a of life, but I'm not sure this guy had a big future ahead of him.

TsunamiWombat:
This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

Thank you. The police were completely within protocol, they were threatened and had to act quickly to protect their lives.

Jamash:
Brandon Winn?

More like Brandon Fail.

You stole my witty one-liner!

Next time Jamash, next time I will be the one stealing a joke of teens being shot for being stupid!

Point a gun at the police? Ingenuous!

but seriously did he hink he was really gonna get away? this world is going to crap if people are robbing others at gunpoint for a game console.

This article clearly shows how desperate people are becoming for non-essential things, such as an xbox. It is just sad when people pull out guns to get gaming systems.

Even if he DID point a gun at the police, that's no reason to shoot him in the torso, is it? The leg should be enough...

Arkfeller:
Even if he DID point a gun at the police, that's no reason to shoot him in the torso, is it? The leg should be enough...

The police had to act fast. In real life, you don't have auto-aim. Torso is easier to hit.

TsunamiWombat:
This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

I don't think i've seen a more poingant opening gambit to a thread

TsunamiWombat:

Cousin_IT:
You Americans & your guns

Because everyone knows, criminal buy guns legally.

Seriously, ask any Yo-Yo or gangbanger. If they don't cut your throat, they'll tell you all guns are aquired illegally from other countries or are STOLEN from legal owners. Only an idiot uses a gun they bought- Criminals watch CSI too.

The policy of everyone being able to own a gun makes for a gun-society though doesn't it
If you were to have a more closed policy on guns then you wouldn't have as much gun-crime
I think you have a right to your weapons, but if there were less of them in the country less of them would be used
There would still be a problem but it'd be less because there wouldn't be as many guns around

EDIT: sorry for the double post

Oh god... the media and hillary clinton are totally going to spin this onto the gaming indistury.

calling it now.

Fruhstuck:

TsunamiWombat:

Cousin_IT:
You Americans & your guns

Because everyone knows, criminal buy guns legally.

Seriously, ask any Yo-Yo or gangbanger. If they don't cut your throat, they'll tell you all guns are aquired illegally from other countries or are STOLEN from legal owners. Only an idiot uses a gun they bought- Criminals watch CSI too.

The policy of everyone being able to own a gun makes for a gun-society though doesn't it
If you were to have a more closed policy on guns then you wouldn't have as much gun-crime
I think you have a right to your weapons, but if there were less of them in the country less of them would be used
There would still be a problem but it'd be less because there wouldn't be as many guns around

EDIT: sorry for the double post

However, the person we're talking about here is a violent criminal. He'd have a gun whether he lived in the USA, Canada, Britain, France, or Australia. Violent criminals get guns. I am not a violent criminal, and I do not own a gun.

Arkfeller:
Even if he DID point a gun at the police, that's no reason to shoot him in the torso, is it? The leg should be enough...

I'm sorry, but that is an idiotic thing to say. They don't have time to shoot him in the leg and hope he doesn't start firing all over the place. Anyone points a gun at police officers has to go down. Police officers don't like shooting people (those people join the military). They are trained to shoot only when the person has to be stopped that instant. It was an equal response to an equal threat.

The ironic thing is that the console had the red ring of death, sparking the original owner to sell to an idiot.

who turned out to be a violent idiot.

Strange coincidence, isn't it, that the less available console and more expensive console haven't had any stories about people acting violently or immorally to get one, yet the 360 has had 3 that I can think of so far. I don't want to start a console war here, as I've asked for a 360 for graduation and have nothing against the console... but it almost says something about the average demographic, doesn't it?

EDIT: I should clarify for safety's sake that by "demographic" I'm not talking about race or anything derogatory like that.

Brandon Winn? More like Brandon FAIL! Hahahahah.
But in all seriousness, it's the dumbest thing you could ever do, pulling a gun on the police. Why don't people like this think?

As soon as you point a gun at a cop or a civilian in Police presence, they can and should drop your ass as fast as possible.

MasterStratus:
This article clearly shows how desperate people are becoming for non-essential things, such as an xbox. It is just sad when people pull out guns to get gaming systems.

People have pulled out guns for lesser things. The emphasis here shouldn't be placed on the xbox, but on the stupid teenager who made an idiotic decision. Unfortunately, this wasn't the first, and won't be the last time someone dies in a situation like this.

Fruhstuck:

TsunamiWombat:

Cousin_IT:
You Americans & your guns

Because everyone knows, criminal buy guns legally.

Seriously, ask any Yo-Yo or gangbanger. If they don't cut your throat, they'll tell you all guns are aquired illegally from other countries or are STOLEN from legal owners. Only an idiot uses a gun they bought- Criminals watch CSI too.

The policy of everyone being able to own a gun makes for a gun-society though doesn't it
If you were to have a more closed policy on guns then you wouldn't have as much gun-crime
I think you have a right to your weapons, but if there were less of them in the country less of them would be used
There would still be a problem but it'd be less because there wouldn't be as many guns around

EDIT: sorry for the double post

This is a common arguement. I've seen many adds talking about the dangers and effects of "gun crimes". I hate that we classify crime now. Like "hate crimes" Aren't all crimes hate crimes?

The old quote "if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns" does have some truth to it. Since guns have already been created, there is no way to get rid of ALL of them, so they will always be around in some form. Law abiding citizens would turn in their weapons if a ban was created, but the criminals would not, giving them an advantage in robbery, home invasions, ect. Home invasions especially would SKYROCKET b/c the chance that the homeowners would be protected would be slim to none, giving even a criminal w/ a knife an edge.

The problem isn't guns. The problem is criminals and the insane, people that should be purged from our gene pool, like this kid. If he'd wanted to steal it bad enough, and no gun was around, he would have used a knife, sword, stick, rock, harpoon, ball bat, lacross stick, hockey stick, slingblade, cleaver, chainsaw, hedgeclippers, scissors, rake, hoe, nailgun, hammer, slegehammer, tire iron, tree branch, bag of doorknobs, letter opener, stapler, brass knuckes, bare hands or ran over them with a car to get what he wanted. Should all these items be banned?

I'm sorry for his family's loss, but I'd rather him pay the price for his stupidity now then him kill someone's innocent son or daughter in the futre.

windfish:

Fruhstuck:

TsunamiWombat:

Cousin_IT:
You Americans & your guns

Because everyone knows, criminal buy guns legally.

Seriously, ask any Yo-Yo or gangbanger. If they don't cut your throat, they'll tell you all guns are aquired illegally from other countries or are STOLEN from legal owners. Only an idiot uses a gun they bought- Criminals watch CSI too.

The policy of everyone being able to own a gun makes for a gun-society though doesn't it
If you were to have a more closed policy on guns then you wouldn't have as much gun-crime
I think you have a right to your weapons, but if there were less of them in the country less of them would be used
There would still be a problem but it'd be less because there wouldn't be as many guns around

EDIT: sorry for the double post

However, the person we're talking about here is a violent criminal. He'd have a gun whether he lived in the USA, Canada, Britain, France, or Australia. Violent criminals get guns. I am not a violent criminal, and I do not own a gun.

Yep, the real issue isn't keeping legitimate, registered weapons out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, no matter how much lawmakers point to gun control laws and cry for more control. The problem is criminals and other unscrupulous types that get and use guns illegally, with no regard to standing control & registration laws.

He must have spent all his money on buying the gun and had no money left for the console.

Cousin_IT:
You Americans & your guns

The fact that a gun was available, by whatever means, does not take credit for the crime. You don't blame Pontiac for drunk driving incidents, you blame the person behind the wheel (and the ignorant blame the alcohol producers).

There was a desire that could not be met by legitimate means for this person, so he decided to commit a crime. Like stated earlier in this thread; Winn would have found a weapon of some kind, it just happened to be a gun.

Also, guns are a part of America for a reason. I don't pretend to know your country's origin, but mine was started off by angry locals who took to revolution with guns, pitchforks and help from the French and Spanish. The second amendment is included in our constitution to protect the citizens from the government should it ever infringe upon our unalienable rights.

Criminals who point guns at the police deserve nothing more then to get shot tbh.

If you point a gun at police, you should expect to be shot. Even if it wasn't a real gun or you never intended to shoot, you will be shot. No questions asked and no warnings.

Sorry, this article sucks, because:

TsunamiWombat:
This has nothing to do with the Xbox theft and everything to do with the fact he pointed a gun at the police. Mistake.

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