Monday, September 20, 2010
In the Line of Duty
This one is more serious.
One detecive and three constables arrived on the scene and attempted to talk with Tait. Tait fired the shotgun through a glass window at the police, permanently blinding the landlord and one of the officers as well as hitting another in the face. The police retreated to the street, flagging down a passing motorist to take the injured men to the hospital. Tait continued firing wildly into the street and fatally wounded an eight year old boy who was going to buy candy.
Chief Constable Maclennan was attending his son's tenth birthday when he was called to the scene. Maclennan was an officer ahead of his times. He fought for better working conditions for his men who at that time worked seven days a week without any time off. He lobbied to treat to build treatment centers for those addicted to drugs. He was also the type of leader who wouldn't ask any of his men to do something he wasn't willing to do.
Maclennan made the decision to storm the building and armed only with a heavy axe to break the door down he led his men.Tait had barricaded himself in a bedroom and was well armed. The police emptied their revolvers then retreated to reload. Once outside they realized Maclennan was not with them. The officers attempted to go back in and rescue their leader but gunfire made that impossible. A second attempt was made and this time they managed to pull his body out. Chief Constable Malcolm Maclennan was dead due to a gunshot wound to the head.
A single shot was heard then everything was quiet. Twenty minutes later Russell surrendered to the police after they threatened to dynamite the house. When the police entered the apartment they found Tait dead by a self inflicted wound.
The mosaic above is at the corner of East Georgia and Jackson in Strathcona, near where the incident happened.
While I was across the street taking photos I noticed that one apartment had a visitor.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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