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#1 Hum

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 13:45

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) — Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun.

Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck. Deputies stopped Tomberlin's truck but he fled on foot.

The sheriff's office says Tomberlin was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 14:10

Waiting for the anti-gun morons to show up and say how the thief wouldn't have a cattle prod if it weren't for the clerk having a gun.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 14:16

why arent there any Anti cattle prod folks.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 14:29

Waiting for the anti-gun morons to show up and say how the thief wouldn't have a cattle prod if it weren't for the clerk having a gun.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 14:30

Never bring a cattle prod (knife, club, etc.) to a gun fight.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:37

Never bring a cattle prod (knife, club, etc.) to a gun fight.


Amen, Doc. :D

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:59

I was going to say, better ban all cattle, but then I realised that Vegans would actually agree with that :| Can't please everyone in this world.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:07

He shocked the clerk several times... not sure how the clerk "won" in this situation :p

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:10

He shocked the clerk several times... not sure how the clerk "won" in this situation :p


Well the Guy got arrested, I'd call that a Win.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:17

Never bring a cattle prod (knife, club, etc.) to a gun fight.


Oh I dunno.. Mythbusters proved you could win that! :p

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:46

Well the Guy got arrested, I'd call that a Win.


I agree with that part.

The employee who restrained him before he "eventually" escaped (implying he was held for a while) probably had more to do with the guys arrest than the gun though.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:54

Oh I dunno.. Mythbusters proved you could win that! :p


It's called the Tueller Drill (after the Utah cop who developed it) and is used to establish the radius within which a person with a knife has the tactical advantage. Highly variable based on an individuals reaction time, holster & weapon type etc. but generally between 15 and 25 feet. The idea is to learn that distance for you and react before that perimeter is breached. Mine is 16 feet.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:23

And if the thief had a gun and shot the clerk several times instead of just shocking him? would this be the same story?
You need to think before you try to make a point.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 20:33

why arent there any Anti cattle prod folks.


They are busy eating cheeseburgers. :laugh:

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 20:38

He shocked the clerk several times... not sure how the clerk "won" in this situation :p


Cattle prods are weak. They shock but they don't really hurt or wound, that's why they are used with cattle. It's a high voltage but low current charge.