by Ian D Scofield
You read the title and you are probably thinking that this article is a joke. It isn’t. Florida authorities responding to a domestic disturbance call found more than they were expecting and it serves as a great reminder to expect the unexpected.
On Sunday police dispatch received a call that Christopher Langer was agitated and arguing with his parents. The dispatcher was also informed that the subject was intoxicated. Deputies responded to the house.
Upon arriving, law enforcement found more than they had bargained for. An explosive device had been tossed in the backyard that may have been a hand grenade.
During the search for the grenade in the yard police also discovered a booby trap device. This device was contained inside a lunchbox themed after Sponge Bob Square Pants, the cartoon character. Luckily, no one was caught by the device and instead it was discovered ahead of time.
The grenade itself was a pineapple style grenade. According to reports, the pin had been removed and a paperclip was used to hold the lever in place.
Inside the house, police found components required to make an explosive device. That included chemicals and homemade blasting caps. Urine containers were also found inside the house. A total of 200 containers were found inside the house and 79 of them were placed inside containment.
The plan for the explosive material was to “get even” with first responders. He had also harbored sentiments against the system. Materials found inside the house are said to be like those used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Charges against Mr. Langer included making and possessing a destructive device. Other charges may be added on as the investigation continues.
This was not the first interaction law enforcement, or other first responders, have had with Mr. Langer. He has a history of drug use, his drug of choice: heroin. Officials also described him as an anti-government addict. Previously, law enforcement and medics responded to his house and revived him from a near fatal drug overdose.
Police had just saved this man’s life and now he wanted to kill them.
A call for a domestic violence situation went from something simple to something far more complex. It serves as a reminder to go into any situation with an open mind. Expect the unexpected.
This situation could very well have ended in a number of different ways. Including the detonation of the explosives.
A Sherriff’s spokesperson was quoted as saying: "That domestic violence call probably saved us from making national, international news.”
Law enforcement is a dangerous and difficult job, but like with any part of life it can be easy to settle into a pattern of prejudgment. You go to the same house or deal with the same person over and over and expect the same thing. That doesn’t always happen and you should stay on your toes. Stay safe out there.
About The Author:
Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer. At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content. Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.
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