California Grandmother Shot to Death by Cops During Evening Census Visit

Saturday, May 22, 2010 , , 4 Comments

starting to think the end cost of Census 2010 is going to be larger than expected =/

Hmm, this makes my recent experience with a census worker all that much more enjoyable in retrospect.

Though the headline seems beyond unlikely, a Yuba City grandmother was shot to death last night by YC cops for pulling a shotgun after getting spooked by a late evening census worker visit.

Um, aren't census workers like telemarketers? 9p seems a tad rude, if not totally illegal. And you wonder why there is hostility towards the census?

SJ Mercury News:

The son of a grandmother fatally shot by Yuba City police says his mother was likely startled when a census worker and officers showed up after dusk.

Police said they were called at 9:04 p.m. Thursday after a census worker reported a man with a gun answered the door of a Yuba City home. The census worker reported residents of the home pointed a firearm at her, said they would not answer any questions, then closed the door, said police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey.

Officers arrived and arrested 51-year-old Lionel Craig Patterson at about 10:20 p.m. on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.

During the arrest, Victoria Roger-Vasselin, 67, approached officers from the house carrying a shotgun, Pavey said. Roger-Vasselin was shot multiple times, dying at the scene.

This may be in bad taste but, uh, they DID count the woman as living at the residence on the census form, right? After all, she was alive and residing there as of April 1st and you know the rules...

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


Keane said...

WTF indeed!

Anonymous said...

Wonder if the Census worker gets fired and prosecuted for violating Census confidentiality...

elf2006real said...

Next time invite the Census worker in, and eat his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

Use a cuchillio, or Granny's knitting needles. Guns are too loud.

I shredded mine. I mean the form, not the census worker ;-). Couldn't get him into the shredder.

Dennis N said...

Actually, the census work showed up about 7:45 and got a shotgun pointed at her.

She called the police, who arrived at around 10 pm.

When they knocked, they had a handgun pointed at them. After talking him down, and handcuffing him on the lawn, the woman came at the uniformed officers with a shotgun and advanced on them after being told to surrender.

The officers were left with no choice but to fire. This was a clear case of self-defense.

She was not "spooked", as in caught by surprise. These were uniformed officers who she advanced on with a loaded shotgun.