It's not funny to make a joke of a desperate and scary situation, like a man holding a neighborhood hostage, but when the smoke has cleared and the fear subsides, sometimes humor just can't help being found. Case in point: a Chattanooga, Tennessee man, armed with a revolver and his girlfriend trapped in the house had a stand-off with the Chattanooga Police Department's SWAT team.
After hours of tense negotiations, police blasted the house with teargas and stormed in to find that the man had shot himself in the head. Police rushed him to a waiting ambulance. He is currently in critical condition. Though the man was gone and everyone was safe, the neighborhood was rattled by the chaos of it all.
As soon as the man -- who police say had a history of mental health issues and prior weapons charges -- was loaded into the waiting ambulance, residents stuck in their homes all day stepped outside. While many of these residents were scared, one didn't notice at all. Here's how the Chattanooga Free Times Press described the man's confusion:
Melissa Kraft ran down Wheeler Avenue, arms open wide as she hugged two of her children, 6-year-old Erik and 9-year-old Heidi.
The children’s father, Kelly Kraft, stood on the porch of his home two doors down from where the four-hour ordeal took place and said at first he didn’t know what was happening outside his home because he was playing a first-person shooter video game where radio calls, gunshots and explosions echoed from the TV speakers.
Hilarious. Thanks to Pete for the story.
Source: Chattanooga Free Times Press