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Man arrested at annual Gun Buyback Day event

Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 10:19 PM
Last updated Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 12:11 AM
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A Martinez man was arrested Saturday after a disturbance at the second annual Gun Buyback Day.

Sitting in a lawn chair next to a sign that read: “I pay more,” Shaun Ray Britt, 27, of Fairfax Street, attempted to attract gun owners away from the event by offering a bigger payday for their unwanted firearms.

About 11 a.m.,Britt became confrontational when deputies asked him to set up shop off the church property.

“He’s just deteriorating the problem,” said Niki Watson, the event’s coordinator. “We’re trying to get guns out of the wrong hands ....”

Less than an hour later, Britt was handcuffed and taken to the Richmond County Jail.

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/04/13 - 04:15 pm
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And AL, consider yourself

And AL, consider yourself lucky that it was just verbal. There are certain people in this world that would just as soon take out a gun and shoot you. You could've been shot or assaulted.

There are some extremely crazy people in this world nowadays, the next time, you could be seriously hurt. I wasn't there, I don't know what happened, but the police was sending a message to both of you that it had better not happen again.

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myfather15 08/04/13 - 08:11 pm
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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/04/13 - 09:26 pm
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You should know by now that I

You should know by now that I wouldn't be asking this question if the incident was as you IMAGINE it, corgimom. That works both ways, I can just imagine what YOU would have done, based on your rants about similar occasions, if you had been through this: There were no options left other than calling dispatch if the household members were to be able to sleep for school and work. The person eventually arrested had called the police several times already and the loud and drunken OUTSIDE IN THE NEARBY NEIGHBOR'S DRIVEWAY party that prompted his call had been going on since dusk until past midnight. The person was encouraged to continue calling the police by the responding officers and the other neighbors affected by the noise, although those neighbors hid from sight as soon as the police cars approached. It wasn't always the same officer responding, unfortunately. I guess the resident was supposed to walk away from his own home, spouse and children? The person falsely accused had the actual incident on a RECORDING, time and date verified by another person in law enforcement who heard the recording shortly afterward. Like I said, the arresting officer witnessed the foul language of the partier. You have a lot of nerve assuming the falsely accused complainant was acting like a child, it was a responsible adult and respected citizen. These partying people were coming off the property, running up and down the road screaming foul-mouthed language, throwing a heavy, noisy object around and by 4am the next morning the partiers were calling the police on each other over a card game. I suppose you could sleep through all that, even though the persons were known to shoot off firearms when they were annoyed, too. I know for a fact officers won't put up with that kind of foolishness with their own neighbors, why should ordinary citizens have to? A residents' time is just as valuable as an officer's. Officers are supposed to keep the peace. I know for a fact the person making the complaint did not act like a child about it and was simply trying to preserve the peace and protect the family's property and stated his case quietly, but feared for his safety and said so. Later, there was no record of the other persons being arrested as had been claimed, only the person falsely accused who was never able to face the false accuser or play the recording in a court of law because the false accuser "could not be found" after the officer accidentally found out about the recording. And the trouble did not stop, the disorderly household's members even called the police on each other. The partiers were eventually evicted and years later, still no sign of the false witness. How calm would you be?

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AutumnLeaves 08/04/13 - 09:54 pm
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BTW, Corgi, what is with this

BTW, Corgi, what is with this "YOU" business? Nowhere did I say it was I. As a member of our local neighborhood associations I had access to persons and police reports and had reason to know this was a credible source. What is this some kind of personal vendetta? You have a problem with me? Why would you want people to think this was about me? myfather15, if she had been in that person's shoes she wouldn't be saying this. Isn't it YOU, corgimom that MOVED AWAY from 30906 because of the same type of problems, which you have so often complained about? So you're the only one that has a true concern? Everyone else's experience is not worthy? You're trying to have it both ways, corgimom. Well, the accused did move his family away, too, THAT is how bad it was. It was the only solution left for obtaining a peaceful living environment, the only solution many good law enforcement officers living in that area themselves had left, too. It would have been a sad day if the accused had been shot at by the drunken neighbors. He was an award winning shooter and so was his spouse and would have done what he had to do to defend himself. Family members are encouraged to become proficient in shooting when you have numerous family members in law enforcement, which he had done, and one of these two spouses was once a police officer, himself.

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corgimom 08/05/13 - 10:23 pm
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The story that you relate,

The story that you relate, AutumnLeaves, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. For the responding officer to tell the man to call the police-what? The police were already there.

Although it is not clear by your vague story, it appears that the man went outside and confronted at least one of the partiers. That's where the DC charge came in. It takes two to argue. What he did was absolutely foolish and that's how people get shot. And the partiers were not on his property. Had they been trespassing, that would've been different.

If he had family members in law enforcement, then he of all people should've known how wrong and foolhardy it was for him to go outside and confront a group of out of control drunks. He was lucky they didn't gang up on him and jump him.

But again, if someone wants to call you racist and obscene names, who cares? Consider the source. A drunken, out of control idiot- who pays any attention to that?

There is no doubt in my mind that the man had a few things to say, himself. He was arrested because he deliberately went out there and confronted them- he started it. What did he think was going to happen? When you confront a drunk, it never goes well.

That arrest will stay on his record for 10 years. The charges were dropped, apparently, but an arrest and a conviction are two separate things.

Nothing like that happened to me in 30906, I left because of the absymal school- Southside Elementary- that my son had to attend.

"I know for a fact the person making the complaint did not act like a child about it and was simply trying to preserve the peace and protect the family's property and stated his case quietly, but feared for his safety and said so." How do you know this for a fact, unless it was you that did it?

It wasn't his job to preserve the peace. That's the police's job. And protect his family's property- what was being done to his property?

There have been parties in my neighborhood in Charlotte. We ignore them. That is the best way to handle them.

As for your last post- I have no idea what you are talking about, it, too, makes little sense.

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AutumnLeaves 08/06/13 - 02:15 pm
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No, all he did was ask them

No, all he did was ask them to be quiet. He was on his own property. This is the least vague story I've seen on here in a long time, corgimom. The accused called the police mulitiple times after 10pm, the arrest wasn't made until he called again after midnight. The accused never left the property except when he was asked to. You're right it doesn't make sense because the accused should never have been arrested because the arresting officer has to have reasonable belief that the accusations were true. That was not the case, there was no basis for reasonable belief that the accusations of the partiers were true. As for your last sentence, of course, it doesn't make sense, that's what I'm talking about. Your coming down on me in particular when I'm talking about the same type of things YOU say are wrong with Richmond County doesn't make sense unless its personal. And I'm not the only one that has noticed it. I know you were a working mom as people call it, but as a stay at home mom I have just as much credibility as you do. If anyone has tried to convince you otherwise, they have a personal agenda, too, relying on you to be either gullible and/or complicit and you, therefore, are contributing to the problem here and you don't even live here anymore! You should be backing me and other law-abiding citizens up, not "blaming the victims" as you are doing. That is why Richmond County is falling down. The criminals are working real well together. The law-abiding citizens can't seem to work together as well as they do. Thanks a lot for being part of the problem.

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