Really bad things just don't happen in my hometown. Sure, the twin cities are growing by leaps and bounds but we still have that safe(ish) hometown feel (even with 50,000 new residents coming in for school each year). Or so we all thought until yesterday and then it happened. . . . .we became like so many other towns. . .we made the national news and not in a good way. Yesterday around noon a constable was serving an eviction notice when the unthinkable happened. . . .the person being evicted shot and killed the officer. And when all was said and done an innocent passerby was also killed along with the shooter. One officer was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and another innocent bystander was shot twice in the back and once in the chest and is still in critical condition in the hospital. This all happened about 6 miles or so from where we live.
While all of this was going on, I was eating lunch with good friend in our historic downtown after having spent the morning in jury duty. Once we got back to the courtroom we were sent home by the judge who you could tell along with the lawyers were greatly affected by the loss of their friend the constable. And as you can imagine our community was really shaken by the whole thing.
If you have a moment, please say a prayer for all of those that were involved. Losing a loved one is never easy and I am sure it is even harder when it happens because of a senseless tragedy.