How dumb does a person have to be to mount a scope backwards? That takes an extra special sort of individual. Sort of like a trio of would-be armed robbers in Marysville, Wash.

Police officers chased the not-so-bright crew after cops say they attempted to pull an armed robbery and/or carjacking. The three scholars rolled up in a stolen car and announced their intentions to a homeowner who just arrived home. They did so with an AR-15, complete with a scope mounted backwards.

The wrong-way scope no doubt precluded precision fire. And served as a clue to the gun owner that the mopes never managed to make it through SEAL school. Or any other school.

Mr. Homeowner pulled his own piece. When the Stooges started shooting, the homeowner fired back causing the three to flee almost as if their hair had caught fire.

They ran so fast they dropped at least three guns. No word if they dropped anything from their pants after going code brown when they realized their intended victim had a gun, too, and a willingness to shoot back.

One of the bad boys soaked up one of the homeowner’s bullets. Then, making a bad situation worse, he met a charming police K-9 in apprehension mode. Police dogs love non-compliant suspects. They make the world’s greatest interactive squeaky toys.

Cops took him into custody and then to the hospital. Two others got away despite a rather prolific police response and search.

The homeowner escaped without injury. Several homes and vehicles, however, did not.

Here’s the first of two press releases from the Marysville PD via Facebook:

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Officers received multiple 911 calls related to the sounds of gunfire overnight in the 8400 block of 41st Drive NE. Officers from agencies throughout the region responded to the area. It was determined that three armed suspects arrived in a stolen vehicle and confronted a homeowner who just arrived home. The homeowner was also armed. Gunfire was exchanged between the parties.

The three suspects fled on foot, leading to a large-scale search where multiple K-9s and drones were used for several hours in an attempt to locate these suspects. One suspect was located by K-9 and arrested, and two additional suspects remain outstanding. Officers and Detectives have located and recovered multiple items of evidence.

This is an active investigation. If further information becomes available that does not hinder the investigation, such as suspect or suspect vehicle information, it will be released to the public.

And a second release:

Officers and Detectives have spent the day continuing to collect and process further evidence in this case. Further information can now be released:• Officers did seize the stolen vehicle that the suspects arrived in. This was a red Chevrolet Camaro, stolen from the city of Tukwila.
• During the incident, multiple homes and vehicles were struck by gunfire. No one in these homes or vehicles was injured.
• The resident involved in this incident was not injured.
• Detectives at this point do not know if this incident was targeted or random.
• Officer took one suspect into custody, via a K-9 track. Arlington, WA Police Department K-9 Riggs located this suspect several blocks away from the incident, the suspect was suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers provided him with immediate aid and evacuated him from the search location so he could be treated by Marysville Fire District several blocks away. Everett Police Department officers assisted with this.
• After the initial shooting event, the suspects attempted to steal several vehicles and break into several homes. The suspects were successful in stealing a pick-up truck from a nearby residence, which was recovered in the morning several blocks away and seized as evidence.
• One firearm was recovered during the initial search incident by a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.
• Two additional firearms were recovered later in the day. Seattle Police Department K-9 Loki, an Explosives Detection K-9, assisted with this search.
• Our department has recovered a large amount of video footage which we are currently reviewing.

Of the two remaining suspects, there is a creditable description of one: A Hispanic or mixed-race male in his 20s with a medium build and about 5’10” tall. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a bright red jacket and a black covering over his head and face, only exposing his eyes. It is unknown at this time if he was injured and unknown if these two remaining suspects left in a vehicle.

Situational awareness will save your life. Pay attention to your surroundings!

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