Last Monday, I saw something I've never seen before. On my way to work, there was a huge line of cars stopped ahead of me and absolutely no cars going the other way. I thought it was a big accident, or maybe just another typical case of D.C.-area drivers not knowing what they're doing. Anyway, when I finally got to the problem, I was turned away by cops and had to backtrack and try several different alternative routes. Two hours late to work by now, I found out that there was some kind of police investigation going on and all roads were shut down, as were schools and other public areas. I saw probably a total of 100 police vehicles, plus SWAT teams with guns drawn and FBI officials. Oh, and it was raining, I was low on gas and my cell phone's battery was dying. What a start to the week.
Most people around here have heard what happened by now--an 18-year-old kid went to a Fairfax county police station and released an ambush, killing one officer immediately and injuring two others before being killed himself by police gunfire. This, alone, was huge (and obviously sad) news that dominated media coverage for the better part of a week. Well today's update is that the other cop--who had been in the hospital since last Monday--is now dead. He was just sitting in his cruiser after getting off his shift. So now three people are dead and multiple families and communities are devastated because of one guy's unexplainable decision.
A few days after it happened, I went to see "United 93." It was very intense, and I've definitely never seen a movie like it, but it kind of gave me a deeper appreciation for law enforcement and others in that line of work. There were some extremely brave individuals on that plane and at that police station on those days; unfortunately they're not around to tell their stories. One thing I hate about this world is that for every kind, charitable person out there, there is a twisted, psychotic individual who, somewhere along the way, learned that it's okay to take another person's life. These people are somebody's mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, role models, teachers, co-workers, heroes, students, neighbors, friends, husbands and wives. Terrorism or one isolated incident--it makes no difference. No person should ever have the right to take another human's life.
Praying for everyone who's suffering right now...