Letter to the editor: Acknowledge tragedy from Red Roof shootingOn Aug. 31 an unarmed young man was shot by Woodbury police as he attempted to escape from a hostage situation. He later died. I say this because nobody seems able to.
On Aug. 31 an unarmed young man was shot by Woodbury police as he attempted to escape from a hostage situation. He later died. I say this because nobody seems able to.
It’s been a bit surreal to read the various stories in the Bulletin about that unfortunate night at the Red Roof Inn, as the fact someone actually was killed there seems to be scrubbed from those reports. And now we have a letter-writer apologizing to the police because they were put in such a “horrible situation.” I have as much respect and gratitude for our law enforcement officers as anyone. When they take on that job, they agree to put themselves in harm’s way for us every day. And the details of what happened that night have yet to be sorted out; we’re right not to rush to judgment.
But can’t we at least acknowledge that someone’s son was killed that night? He may not have chosen the right companions, or the right party. He may not have been a Woodbury son. But he ought to matter.
Carol Turnbull - Woodbury