The man was armed and dangerous, but the cops waited him out for nearly eight hours, even though he ventilated his hotel room with four shots. Maybe it was because they knew he was a cop himself — and his relatives had called them, warning that he was suicidal and armed.
Maybe they just felt that they had him contained and could outwait him. Or maybe they didn’t want to be the implement of a suicide-by-cop. But for whatever reason, they passed up a justifiable excuse to blow Gary McKeon to Kingdom Come, and instead took him quietly into custody.
Prosecutors said McKeon yelled at police when they arrived at the hotel, saying, “Come through the door, and I will shoot you in the head and then kill myself.”
Police evacuated guests from the fourth floor.
Police said McKeon fired four shots while in the hotel. He is also accused of pointing a firearm toward police, but no one was injured.
McKeon’s unusual behavior turned out to have its genesis in the most usual of human problems — a falling out with his girlfriend that led to a restraining order and suspension from his job as a detective with the MBTA, Boston’s subway and mass transit agency.
We have observed that a great many men’s problems begin with the delusion that one woman is fundamentally different from another.
He was somewhat the worse for alcohol at the time of the incident, but sober or no, was in violation of New Hampshire and Federal firearms laws by being armed whilst under restraining order. (Not to mention shooting up a hotel room and threatening the Nashua cops with his gun).
The Nashua PD is to be commended for the restraint its officers exercised, at considerable risk to their own lives, to apprehend McKeon without bloodshed. Hauled before a judge, the man who will probably soon be an ex-cop admitted, “I need help.” He may not realize he has already had a great deal of it, from those brave officers as well as from his family and friends who called the police on him in the first place.
Sure, he has many problems today, but being dead isn’t one of them. There is that.
Same news source (WCVB-TV, Boston), same day, same apparent motivation, same loss of control; different cop, different wigged-out behavior. Sandwich is a generally safe community on bucolic Cape Cod. Neither of these incidents really proves anything. Maybe that police officers are selected from the same imperfect human clay as the rest of our race. At least the Sandwich guy didn’t use a gun as his weapon.