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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Stewart Jenkins, 33, was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, in November for allegedly pulling a gun on a man he apparently thought was disrespecting him. According to the police report, Jenkins and Patrick Hickey passed each other in an alley, and Jenkins asked, “What’s up?” Hickey responded: “What’s up?” Jenkins asked again: “What’s up?” Hickey (again): “What’s up?” Jenkins: “I’ll show you what’s up!” He ran into a nearby house and emerged angrily with a .38-caliber handgun. (Unfortunately for him, Patrick Hickey is a plainclothes police officer. He arrested Jenkins and recovered about 15 grams of suspected crack cocaine from the house.)
A 23-year-old man fell to his death off a balcony during a spitting contest with his brother and a friend (Mount Prospect, Ill., November).
A 21-year-old man was shot to death inside a stranger’s home at 1:45 a.m., perhaps after having missed the bumper sticker on the homeowner’s truck, reading, “Gun control means using both hands.” (Rochester, N.H., September).
A 37-year-old man escaped a fire in his home but died of smoke inhalation after he decided to go back inside to look for his cell phone to call 911 (Greenville, S.C., December).
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