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Associated Press/AP Online
December 15, 2010

(Editor’s Note: Traditional media sources are incorrectly identifying Police Chief Mike Jones as a school security guard when in fact he is the chief of police for the Bay District Schools Department of Security and Police.)


PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A gunman who fired point-blank at school board members before fatally shooting himself had for much of the meeting sat with the rest of the audience, listening to routine business.



As the board was in the midst of a discussion Tuesday, Clay A. Duke walked to the front of the room, spray painted a red “V” with a circle around it on the white wall, then turned and waved a handgun. He calmly ordered everyone to “hit the road” except the men on the board sitting behind a long beige desk.

Despite his shock, Bay City Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt mustered a calm voice and tried to persuade Duke to drop the gun, but the 56-year-old ex-convict just shook his head, blaming officials for his wife being fired. Video showed him slowly raising the gun and leveling it at Husfelt, who pleaded “Please don’t, please don’t.”

Husfelt in the exchange on video tells Duke: “I’ve got a feeling you want the cops to come in and kill you because you said you are going to die today.” Later, the head of more than 30 district schools said he was sure someone was going to be killed.

Tommye Lou Richardson, the school district’s personnel director, who was at the meeting, called district security chief and former police officer Jones a hero. In the video, as Duke lay on the floor, colleagues comforted a shaken Jones, who said he had never shot anyone before.

SWAT officers then storm the room and order everyone onto the ground. School officials tell them that Duke is shot and appears dead. His feet can be seen near the board’s seats. The district said Jones would not be available for an interview.

Minutes before Duke rose from his seat, the room had been filled with students receiving awards, Husfelt said.

“It could have been a monumental tragedy.”

Husfelt spoke to the AP wearing a sweat shirt and pajama bottoms, surrounded by his family. With a Christmas tree as backdrop, he said his faith anchored him during the ordeal and that he thought, "I don’t want to die today but I’m prepared if I do.

“God was standing in front of me and I will go to my grave believing that,” he said.

As for the V inside a circle that Duke painted, it’s the same symbol used in the graphic novel series and movie “V for Vendetta,” though police didn’t talk about his motive.

After everything stopped, some board members speculated that the bullets Duke was firing were fake or caps. But police say the gun was real – and the video shows papers flying up on Husfelt’s desk.

Duke was charged in October 1999 with aggravated stalking, shooting or throwing a missile into a building or vehicle and obstructing justice, according to state records. He was convicted and sentenced in January 2000 to five years in prison and was released in January 2004. Records show Duke was a licensed massage therapist before his arrest but it wasn’t clear if he was employed.

Attorney Ben Bollinger, who represented Duke during his trial, told The News Herald of Panama City that Duke was waiting in the woods for his wife with a rifle, wearing a mask and a bulletproof vest. She confronted him and then tried to leave in a vehicle, and Duke shot the tires. He said that as part of his sentence, Duke was required to complete psychological counseling. Bollinger did not immediately return a phone message from the AP.

“The guy obviously had a death wish,” district spokeswoman Karen Tucker said of Duke.

(This version corrects the spelling of Bill Husfelt in 3rd paragraph. Note that story includes details of the shooting, some edited vulgar content. Police news conference set for 10:30 a.m. EST. AP Video.)


WARNING: The following video contain images of people getting shot at, but none of them were actually hit except for the gunman.

 

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At 4:11 in the first video, notice how one board member throws the other under the bus. With friends like that... :rolleyes:
 

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This is typical of America today. The little old gal clobbers him over the head with her purse, while the pompous ass hole men in charge dive under their desks. It was probably one of those pompous idiots that fired the guys wife because she would not play his games...
 

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This is typical of America today. The little old gal clobbers him over the head with her purse, while the pompous ass hole men in charge dive under their desks. It was probably one of those pompous idiots that fired the guys wife because she would not play his games...
Yea, you noticed that too? Those idiots just sat there! That was their chance to disarm that idiot but noooo... may I have a bullet in my ass sir? :rolleyes:
 

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Duke was charged in October 1999 with aggravated stalking, shooting or throwing a missile into a building or vehicle and obstructing justice, according to state records. He was convicted and sentenced in January 2000 to five years in prison and was released in January 2004.
This is why some gun laws are BS. I will always say your never hurting anyone but the law abiding citizen with them. Criminals or even ex-criminals dont give a F what the law is. Lets just bend over and grab our ankles. :smack
 

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Yea, you noticed that too? Those idiots just sat there! That was their chance to disarm that idiot but noooo... may I have a bullet in my ass sir? :rolleyes:
Probably the same people that think giving a kid a time out is the same as busting that ass when they misbehave. :lookinup: Their thought process is I can talk my way through this sure I can... They were some lucky SOBs
 

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Very, very lucky! I wonder if this life changing moment has changed their outlook on life...
 

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The little old gal clobbers him over the head with her purse, while the pompous ass hole men in charge dive under their desks
It's water retention, dammit, I can just hear her now:
"I don't have time for this crap, I'm out of Midol and you're standing here like some macho asshole waving a gun around. You wanna see pissed watch this."

Never mess with a woman during this time. You cannot possibly win

PMS stands for:
Psychotic Mood Shift
Permanent Menstrual Syndrome
Pissy Mood Syndrome or Puffy Mid Section.

Don't tell them I said this;)
 

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yeah....


next time the old guys will have guns and they will all be shooting back n fourth and keep missing just like the guy missed them....

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next time the old guys will have guns and they will all be shooting back n fourth and keep missing just like the guy missed them....

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Possibly true since peeps started acting like guns kill people and gave the gun a bad rap with a large amount of idiots. I never saw one gun get up point and shoot by itself. :rolleyes: People dont get taught like they did years ago. I was raised with guns around we hunted for food and used them for pleasure at times. It really helps with the aim if you actually shoot them. :smack
 

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That's some crazy video.

I give the purse lady some credit for at least trying to take the guy down. I'm sure she's looking back though and thinking that probably wasn't the best idea.:lookinup: Glad all the innocent people were O.K.:thumbsup:
 

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Unreal...

This is why some gun laws are BS. I will always say your never hurting anyone but the law abiding citizen with them. Criminals or even ex-criminals dont give a F what the law is. Lets just bend over and grab our ankles. :smack
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The situation would have ended a lot sooner if another person in the room had a gun.
 

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At 4:11 in the first video, notice how one board member throws the other under the bus. With friends like that... :rolleyes:
:laughing: I wasn't the one that fired your wife, he's the one that signs the papers. :nuts:
 

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:laughing: I wasn't the one that fired your wife, he's the one that signs the papers. :nuts:
I wonder if they are still friends. What a wimp ass! "Shoot his ass and I'll get you and your wife a job!" :laughing:
 

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I wonder if they are still friends. What a wimp ass! "Shoot his ass and I'll get you and your wife a job!" :laughing:
The dude that actually signed the papers was a stand up guy
(even thou he stayed sitting) then looks like he faked getting hit, good moves.
 

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He did fake the hit but he should have fell on the floor too. Or, he actually thought he got hit because who the hell misses when they are that close and are not under duress? That gunman probably missed the wall behind those guys. :laughing:
 

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I don't see anything funny about this. An American who is broke and about to lose it all. Chistmas time has a double impact on the financial stress. This whole thing sucks.






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I don't see anything funny about this. An American who is broke and about to lose it all. Chistmas time has a double impact on the financial stress. This whole thing sucks.






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You would make a lousy cop. We aren't laughing at the situation, we laugh at the absurdity of the situation. That's how you keep from taking it home with you and blowing your own head off. Military guys and cops know exactly what I'm talking about. Some of the time you laugh to keep from crying.
 

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You would make a lousy cop. We aren't laughing at the situation, we laugh at the absurdity of the situation. That's how you keep from taking it home with you and blowing your own head off. Military guys and cops know exactly what I'm talking about. Some of the time you laugh to keep from crying.
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