Sheriff Nocco : Don’t Panic if You Hear Someone Shooting at, Breaking into Your Home at Night. It’s Probably Just Us.

Home invaders – friends or foes?

Are you frightened by the sound of someone shooting at and breaking into your house in the middle of the night? Don’t be, says Sheriff Nocco, it’s likely just local law enforcement.

At Thursday’s press conference, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said that there’s no reason to ‘freak out’ if you are awoken by the sound of someone shooting at your home.

If you hear someone banging on, shooting at, or attempting to ram your door down in the middle of the night, it’s probably best to assume it’s us. We’re probably serving you a citation, an arrest warrant for a non-violent crime, or something along those lines. I understand that some people might be concerned about criminal home invaders rather than police home invaders. If you’re uncertain about whether or not the home invaders are wearing a badge, you may want to call out to them just to make sure. Something like ‘Hey, you guys are friendlies right?’ would do just fine, because criminals don’t lie, nor do they have the intelligence needed to pretend to be police officers in order to break into people’s houses.

Too much force?

After the recent arrest of Port Richey Mayor Massad, some Pasco citizens have expressed concerns with the level of force that was used on the part of law enforcement to serve an arrest warrant of a non-violent nature. When questions were raised regarding this issue, Nocco defended his department vehemently:

“We have every right to use as much force as we so choose in order to serve warrants for non-violent crimes. Gunning down front doors, detonating dynamite, slashing tires, setting bear traps around the perimeter of homes, are all perfectly appropriate tools for law enforcement officers to use to catch the bad guys. So seriously just chill out people.”

Sheriff Nocco concluded the press conference by stating that ‘you’ll be lucky you’re not dead’ if you try to defend your person or property against such practices.

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