Snakes On A Cop!

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Or snakes in a cop station! It seems a woman in Shamokin, Pennsylvania was reported to the police as being suicidal. The police responded and found the woman holding a knife to her own throat (I get a distinct mental image of Cleavon Little holding the gun to his own head in Blazing Saddles right now). But the knife just wasn't the right thing. apparently. She grabbed a couple of rattlesnakes she kept about the place and waved them at the officers. The snakes took a small bit of umbrage at this and bit her. Repeatedly.

She put down the knife but began waving the snakes at the officers, and was herself bitten on the arms and face. She put down the snakes and again grabbed the knife, but Mount Carmel police arrived with a stun weapon and used it to immobilize her, Brown said.

The woman was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of the snake bites, and officers brought aquariums back to the station containing two western diamondback rattlesnakes, a pygmy rattlesnake and two copperheads, each about 30 inches long, Brown said.

This is the funniest part of all this: The next morning, the police station's receptionist walked into the chief's office, to be greeted by the threatening sound of the rattlers doing what they do best – rattling. And she said: "I dropped my cell phone and almost my coffee." Almost. Her. Coffee. Thank God that's safe.

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One Response to Snakes On A Cop!

  1. Joab says:

    As a cop I find this bizarre and not shocking. Interestingly, I am re-reading Bill Bryson’s splendid book “A Walk in the Woods”, which chronicles his time spent hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail. Bryson notes that the Pennsylvania portion of the AT is not well received by hikers because of the jagged rockiness of it and Pennsylvania’s population of rattlesnakes.

    BTW, in another act of stupidity on of my co-workers nearly shot two students who were dressed as SWAT cops and carrying realistic-looking toy pistols. They were going to a Halloween party, dressed entirely in black, with paintball face masks over black ski masks, toy pistols in their hands. My co-worker happened upon them as he was dialing his cell phone, which he dropped when he saw them, and drew his gun. He said it’s the closest he’s come to firing his gun in the line of duty. Fortunately, the frightened students dropped their toy pistols immediately. I did not note the aroma of crapped pants when I arrived.

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