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My grandfather is a retired LAPD officer. His badge is heavy, I’ve held it in my child hands.

He lives in Downey CA, which if you don’t know, stopped being such a nice place as the 70’s era houses suggest. About 15 years ago, he heard someone stealing his car from the driveway.
It was an Oldsmobile Toronado, old thing, boat-like car that we laughed at. Ash trays in the arm rests, remember those? This car was all of it. It was a joyride waiting to happen.

My grandpa gets his gun and goes outside, to see the car backing up into the road. Unfortunately, the driver went the wrong way towards a cul-de-sac, and had to double back. My grandpa, pistol in hand, walks into the street and points the gun at the car as it comes back down the street.

The car was not going to stop. He jumped out of the way.

We asked him, “You caught someone stealing your car, why didn’t you shoot?”
He replied, “I didn’t keep my badge for 30 years by shooting people.”

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