SWAT Drama

Even after removing the paint, the posts holding up the deck are discolored and darker than new wood. An orbital sander was used to remove vestiges of paint and discolored wood.

Portions of the morning were spent preparing the rear deck for stain.  Richard worked the heat gun as he stripped old paint, and I sanded the posts.  A pretty boring adventure if you ask me.  We had to knock off before noon for Richard’s driving lesson.

The excitement came from eavesdropping on a SWAT team action a couple streets over.  From the back of the house we could clearly hear the loudspeaker as the police attempted to apprehend the “perp”.

“PATRICK, WE KNOW YOU ARE IN THERE.  COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP.  WE HAVE A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST.  WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.”

Patrick was not buying it.  The loudspeaker continued blaring out messages for a couple hours, occasionally offering advice to residents.

“STAY IN YOUR HOUSE.  IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY CALL 911.”

We wondered when the police were going to lose patience and use the “flash-bangs”.  That happened about 9:30, according to the newspaper.  We did not hear this occur, and of course the action was too far away to see anything.

Patrick, by the way, is on an FBI terrorist watch list due to an altercation at the airport.  Probation and Parole officers were after him for not checking in with his parole officer.  Corrales police escorted, NM State Police and Albuquerque police assisted, and the Rio Rancho SWAT team was called in.  Full details at the Albuquerque Journal and Corrales Comment.

After sanding, the existing posts (two on the right) match the new one (on left) and should take stain equally. The finished deck should have an even color.

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