83 Year Old Man Throws “Chump” Off His Roof

I was recently reviewing the funny/unusual police stories of the past year and found one of particular note.

In La Puente, CA a man being chased by police got on the roof of Wilford Burgess, an 83 year old grandfather.  The cops tried everything including bringing in a crisis negotiator and, of course the “De-Escalation” techniques that seldom seem to work.

After a protracted period of time Mr. Burgess told the cops…”I’m going up on the roof, that sucker’s coming off.”Wilford-Burgess

Borrowing a neighbors ladder he ascended to his roof an threw the dumb ass off.  The LASD Captain on the scene said,” Mr Burgess got tired of his games and pushed him off his roof.  He did what we couldn’t.”

Mr. Burgess’s granddaughter said “it didn’t surprise any of us.  My grandpa is tough.”

I recently spoke with this fine man who said he would like to wish all law enforcement officers a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

Thanks Mr. Burgess…same to you!




About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.
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