Thursday, April 9, 2009

Navy SEAL Takes on Dog Killers

Marcus Luttrell is a former U.S. Navy Seal and the lone survivor of a brutal firefight in Afghanistan in 2005.

He wrote a book about his experience in Afghanistan titled "The Lone Survivor."

When he returned from the war, a 4-year old yellow Labrador retriever was given to him to help him heal from his combat wounds and the loss of his fellow Navy Seals. Luttrell named the dog Dasy, each letter for the name of one his fellow Seal team members who died in the bloody fight in which they were isolated and far outnumbered by enemy Taliban fighters.

Luttrell doesn't sleep at night, usually keeping his guard up until sunrise and says he is, "in and out of the house all night."

On the night of April 1st, Luttrell heard a gunshot outside his rural, Walker County, Texas, home. After checking on his mother, he headed to the sound of the gunfire and found his dog Dasy dead.

Luttrell could tell that Dasy had tried to get away because there was a blood trail. The Houston Chronicle reported Luttrell as saying in a telephone interview on Wednesday, "When I saw she was dead, the only thing that popped into my head was, 'I've got to take these guys out."

In the darkness of the night, Luttrell, who had just been released from the hospital after another round of surgery, crawled under a fence, skirted a ditch and, sneaked up on four strangers in a car who apparently killed Dasy for the fun of it. Luttrell had them in the sights of his 9 mm pistil from around 25 yards, but he didn't fire, as the car pulled away. He got into his four-door pickup truck and began a wild 40 mile chase across three counties that reached speeds of over 110 mph.

Luttrell stayed on the phone with a 911 operator as he tried to catch the faster sedan. He recalled telling the 911 operator that, "you need to get somebody out here because if I catch them I'm going to kill them."

The car he was chasing was finally stopped by the Onalaska, Texas, Police Department.

When Luttrell confronted the men he said, " he was like, Which one of you guys killed my dog?"

So far, two of the punks, Michael John Edmounds II, age 21, and Alfonzo Hernandez, age 24, have been charged with the felony of cruelty to non-livestock animals. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of not having a drivers license.

Texas Ranger Steven Jeter said, "It could have been worse for both parties involved, I wouldn't advocate to the general public what he has done - to fellow them at that rate of speed. Jeter also said that "Marcus is trained to do certain things; he fell back on his training."

The American Conservative Republican would also advise not to chase any dirt bags at a high rate of speed, it's dangerous to the public. We would also ask anyone who knows Michael John Edmounds II or his boyfriend Alfonzo Hernandez, to give them a slap on the back, or the chest, or up the side of their heads, for U.S. Navy SEAl Marcus Luttrell and Dasy, and then advise them not to go around killing dogs, it could be dangerous to their health.

Welcome home Marcus Luttrell.

Bob Haran,
American Conservative Republican

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