Why it took police 7 days to do the Alabama bunker?

Why not earlier?

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  • Nex
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
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    the police need to give it time so to give the gunman the chance to free the little boy. they tried to make sure the little boy was safe an ok with his medication, they also had to try and calm the gunman down if they just went in the first day it would be highly likely that the boy would have been killed or then there would be an armed standoff, so after 6 days the gunman didnt surrender but wasnt as hostile as when the situation first began so then they finally came to the decision to get him the gunman wasnt as hostile the boy was ok and had his meds but wasnt surrender so then they finally went in to get him after a week. you cant just go into a hostile situation with a gunman with a hostage guns a blazing. it may look stupid for waiting but it was for the little boys safety to wait and be patient.

  • J
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    If the police had any reason to believe the suspect would harm the child should they barge in, it's better to hold off and try other methods of trying to get everyone out safely. Run and gun methods can result in a body count, including the bodies of officers or the child.

    Source(s): Police Officer, Washington State B.A. Law and Justice
  • 7 years ago

    Because it was difficult to work out how to get tactical teams down there. If you think about it, say you sent in a SWAT team, and they went down in the bunker. More then likely he would threaten to kill the child before they entered, hearing the tactical team approach. Police always take these threats seriously, and if possible, want to end as many conflicts peacefully as possible.

    TL;DR: It was far to difficult to figure out how to get the tac teams in there.

  • justa
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    It was a pretty difficult thing, after all anyone going down would be an easy target.

    And the possiblity of the man killing himself and the boy was huge, it only takes fractions of seconds.

    The important thing is that they didn't rush into it, and the boy is alive and in good shape.

    They saw he was losing more and more rational thinking and they went in with one of those noise bombs that cause disorientation. Since he was already borderline they could get in quickly.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    They have their reasons, they know that if they do anything there is a high chance of the child getting hurt or killed in the process, I guess they figured its their only option

  • 7 years ago

    Because they didnt feel like the child was in danger til today. I guess they hoped he would give up

  • Claire
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Because they didn't listen to all the armchair hostage negotiators telling them how to do their jobs.

  • 7 years ago

    The parents would have sued if their child had been killed.

  • 7 years ago

    They have training, you don't .

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