Today Parker & I had a close CCW call. We spent the past couple of hours at the range we use for classes, shooting our rifles & conducting stress drills. Running with sandbags, doing squats, burpees and sprints then shooting our rifles with malfunctions set in them from varying stances.
Good stressful training. I thought the stress would end there. In fact as we left I had let the thoughts of future courses & the day ahead fill my mind.
We pack our gear up and as we are leaving I ask Parker to lock up the gate & return the key to the security office so I can get home to the family a little sooner.
We exit the cave and I hang a right to head towards 23rd street & home. Where I observe a white male in his 40’s hanging out in the bushes next to the entrance to the cave.
He is trying to sneak peeks into the cave, trying to peer into the 'windows' of the walls of the cave. I initially brush it off but instead go with my gut that he is up to no good and immediately throw the car into reverse to watch Parker's back.
Parker at this time is facing the gate with his back to the guy totally unaware of his presence.
I’m sitting in my trailblazer keeping an eye on him while Parker finishes securing the gate.
RED FLAG SIGNS:
This guy had no vehicle anywhere to be found around there. He clearly walked a long distance to get there. He was shuffling back and forth in erratic, nonsensical fashion. He was also sweating profusely.
Parker tries to holler at me to say good bye or something, when I notice this guy pick up a rock.
I immediately step out and in a firm tone ask him what he is doing there.
From there it is off to the circus.
Guy- “YES I’M SUPPOSED TO BE HERE”
Guy- “THERE’S NO FUCKING LIGHTS IN THERE!!! NO FUCKING LIGHTS IN THERE!!!!”
I say internally to myself “Oh boy another drugged out psycho”
Me- “You need to back away and leave the area.”
He starts to back track toward the intersection of Television Place & 23rd st and yells more gibberish:
Guy- “ THERE’S GRAVESTONES THERE WITH SKULLS PAINTED ON THEM!!!”
Guy- “THE GRAVESTONES!!!”
He finally makes it to the intersection as Parker and I retreat in our vehicles, myself on the phone with 911.
That call went out at 11:46 am per my phone record.
This guy, mind you is standing at the only exit in the area. We can’t leave. He will definitely start a fight if we drive down next to him to leave.
He yells to other drivers and makes gestures towards us pumping an imaginary shotgun and holding an imaginary pistol to his head, squeezing an imaginary trigger.
I instruct Parker to begin to film in case he makes a charge towards us or fights the officers.
At 11:54 am is when we notice him throwing the rocks at cars and I call 911 again hoping to expedite their arrival.
He picks up another rock and gestures that he is going to throw it in our direction, 150 meters away.
At 11:56 am KCMO PD finally arrives and talks to the guy. They set him down and a 3rd officer makes contact with us.
We declare our conceal carry permit status and talk with the officer. The officer from KCMO was very polite and professional and said the guy was clearly on something and said we were good to leave the area. (I also notified dispatch of our CCP status while making the calls.)
In my rush to get to the range this morning I left my wallet at home with my driver’s license & CCP, luckily the officers knew immediately we were not the threat and asked for neither. (I will be making a concerted effort to make sure that doesn't happen again.)
We leave without major incident with hopefully another drugged out pyscho off the street.
Parker just on this past Saturday saw another man in this crazed state at the McDonalds on 24 hwy and Forest in Sugar Creek. The guy was raging out in the street, yelling at traffic trying to pick a fight.
The problem is real people!
We waited 10 minutes for the police to arrive. 10 MINUTES!!
You cannot rely on others for your personal safety. Luckily in this case we had each other to watch each others 6.
If he charged at us we would have had no choice but to defend ourselves. He was blocking the only exit from the area.
Why don’t you have your CCP yet? Why aren't you carrying everywhere!?!
I’m convinced he wanted inside that cave for some crazy reason. What if he had wandered up to us while we were shooting and attacked us? Or waited to ambush us as we packed up our equipment?
I’m convinced if I’d left Parker there he would have ambushed Parker with that rock he held in his hand.
Stop being complacent! Stop being naive.
One day, one of these drugged out demons will try to hurt you or your family.
I’m at a loss that this is the new normal for our city.
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