Feb 28: Shots Fired in Stockholm, Waco and NoHo

1986

Palme Assassination Unsolved After 30 Years

Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme  and his wife were shot in a street ambush in central Stockholm while walking from from the movies.  Palme was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, while wife’s wounds were not serious.  Two years later, Christer Pettersson, a small-time criminal and drug addict, was arrested, tried and convicted for Palme’s murder but the conviction was overturned on appeal.  The crime remains unsolved and alternative theories as to who carried out the murder have since been proposed.

1993

Beginning of Waco Siege

From Wikipedia: The incident began when the ATF attempted to raid the ranch. An intense gun battle erupted, resulting in the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidians. Upon the ATF’s failure to raid the compound, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the standoff lasting 51 days. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the ranch. During the attack, a fire engulfed Mount Carmel Center. 76 people died, including David Koresh.

1997

North Hollywood Shootout

In a disturbing case of life imitating art, two heavily armed bank robbers battle police officers in a 45-minute shootout in which 1,750 rounds of ammunition are fired (two-thirds by the robbers), much like the bank robbery scene in Michael Mann’s “Heat.”.  Both robbers were killed and 11 police officers and 7 civilians were injured.

Due to the large number of injuries, rounds fired, weapons used, and overall length of the shootout, it is regarded as one of the longest and bloodiest events in American police history.

The Heat (1995) shootout.

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