Hello, Clint Masterson here! And I'd love to thank the lovely staff for taking this matter at end. Due to @Aldarine request for my side of the events, I shall indulge the forum report with my take on the matter.
PD, Most importantly SWAT and GOB was contacted by the sheriff department in order to assist with the hostage situation at the ranch. Mentioning something about the gang, we all hopped into JTAC and began to suit up. Sending out a DAVID team which included myself with a sniper rifle. We began to brief each other on the gang in question, which tends to have a habit of doing openly public hostage situations like this. Even according to one of the latest news reports from weazel.
Hostage situations are tricky, and we all focused on setting up a perimeter around the ranch as players have a tendency to see such a scene and attempt to intervene on it for merely the chuckles and laughs. I was posted up around the outer-perimeter with my sniper rifle to attempt to get visual on Chatterbox, Who spoke for most of the gang at the time. We sent in a hostage negotiator from SD who was previously shot by the one of the members in green that belonged to the clown gang, This was brought up in /b as being a mistake. However, The deputy IC'ly called it out that he was shot in the vest by this suspect in question over TAC, Thus escalating this from a mere discussion phase to violence has been caused and shots fired.
Our negotiator spoke with the gang represented speaker. In which, Such demands as us bringing in TWO non initially involved civilians as Ari Preston and her fellow weazel employee were given. No police department in my honest opinion would humor such an idea and bring more possible hostages into the mix, Someone like myself simply suspected this was a grudge. Yet the gang wasn't giving us much room to work with, as normally most hostage takers would request escape vehicles or telling us to leave. People in this server have been previously punished before for making invalid demands during hostage situations. The suspects clearly wanted this entire situation to play out in their way, Which I suspect was us handing over two more hostages and the officers inside the building to them so they could use weazel to make something of a live video to get Ari Preston to admit something. I personally took no care in what grudges they had.
Despite how non-rp this situation may of seen from the LEO side in regards to allowing two more possible hostages to get involved and put even more people in danger, involving officers. We abided by it and contacted Ari, who was an off-duty PD officer on weazel duty and her partner. Giving them both a rundown, we recklessly indulged the two civvies with the clowns and in the middle of a staredown between LEO and suspects with guns. All of this had to be done due to the fact the suspects were refusing to play ball with the LEO side and threatening to kill the hostages if we didn't bring in the two civvies. Most hostage takers in my time would of simply asked for guns or methods of escaping, As they knew the entire building was surrounded and doing anything stupidly reckless such as exchanging more shots between LEO's or killing one of the hostages would of led to their arrests or possible death.
Our negotiator was in the room with Ari and friend, Also Nash who insisted she'd stay. We were continued to be met with loud screaming from the suspect side who insisted we hand over weazel employees and leave the room. That was not good, We asked for one of their hostages in the basement in return and were met with denies. Escalating and former informing us that this gang had no initial plan of escape and were likely going to execute the hostages at the end of the day.
The thing about a hostage situation is it requires both sides to play ball during the negotiation phase, The more you threaten to kill the hostages and refuse to properly negotiate. The more LEO's are likely to escalate to violence as you've likely established yourselves as loose cannons and were likely going to kill all the hostages involved, Including the two who you demanded we involve. Our limits were pushed and merely an hour into the situation, We had two civilians brought in and on the verge of being taken hostage themselves. Granting you more chips to play and us none. You IC'ly insisted we play the situation your way and we stand back and let it all happen, That itself I can often find powergaming as our choices were eventually plan out an assault or let the gang continue their story, Most police departments would not abide by that and let more hostages come into play. Even requesting we clear records would be down right silly, as we would simply re-add them after it was all over.
Negotiations failed and we all found ourselves in the hallway leading down to the basement, It was agreed by both PD and SD that it was time to move into the termination phase. Which is either suspects surrender or violence has to be used. With the three suspects in the hallway, I had a sniper rifle aimed at the only openly armed and brandishing suspect in the hallway. The green man who was initially reported to have shot the negotiator. Chatterbox who appeared unarmed and the USA attire gentlemen with a shotgun on his back. If my sniper rifle was a hit, Then the actively brandishing and aiming suspect with the SMG would of went down. Allowing for us to get a swift move on Chatter and likely shoot down the non-brandishing gentlemen with a shotgun on his back. Nash was also in tac and instructed to tell her fellows in the hallway to get down before shots could be exchanged.
We followed with speed, surprise and overwhelming violence. But due to desync on the constantly moving target, The shot didn't connect but he still turned around and began to book it as the deputy at the window opened up with his own SMG. Thus we followed with the termination phase and the use of overwhelming violence, but by the time I've hosltered my sniper, made it to the building and drew out my micro, I heard Chatterbox loudly announcing his orders to his crewmates about the hostages and shots being fired. By the time we reached the basement entrance, One suspect was injured on the stares and blocking our path.
Chatterbox and his friends announced that 'ONE HOSTAGE IS STILL ALIVE', indicating they actually killed one and their cards and methods of bargaining chips were now forfeit. Once shots are exchanged or a hostage is killed, Your life is usually forfeit by the SWAT team or whoever LEO is approaching on you. As were were attempting to move the injured suspect away and drop him so he wouldn't been shot at, We were actively opened up upon by an automatic weapon. The suspects were willing to kill one of their own to simply get a shot at us.
Carefully we carried and dragged off the wounded suspect around the corner. Leaving him out of further danger as all the PD and SD stacked up on the stairway and followed suit behind me as we went down. Instead of sitting on the staircase and having to deal with the mumbo jumbo of shimming back and forth between PD and SD, I fully went down the stairs and went for a corner. This is a common tactic in SWAT, as all bunching up in a single spot is a death sentence, instead we should of all went down seperetly to make shooting at all of us at once more difficult. Resuming the shooting, Downing one suspect behind the drug tables and hopping over, Putting me in an ambushing corner and adding myself as protection for the injured hostages in the corner. Wanting to prioritize the saving of the civilians, as per our duty. as the others who were coming down the stairs were engaged.
Due to terrible movement and shooty panicky, I may of moved a tad bit too close between fire, Chatterbox was caught in the middle of it attempting to take a melee swing at me. If he had any fear for his life, He would of likely hit the deck as we were breaching. Instead of running into the middle of it all and trying to swing at a SWAT operative with a micro in their hand.
All suspects were taken down, One hostage recovered and the other being dead as we hit the stairs the first time. Chatterbox died instantly admist the firefight as he intervened himself between the shots exchanged between his gang and LEO's instead of getting down and surrendering as the approaching blob of LEO's were coming down to give him and his gang hell.
We wrapped it up, Applied BLS, managed to keep the other hostage alive and began to secure the suspects with MD. Wanting to ensure this merely wasn't a random first shot that started the whole situation, I PM'd one of the members to state that this was a planned assault and not a random PO1 firing a pistol to start the fire for the funsies of it. But I don't like the fact I was made to be the bad guy as he publicly posted my admittance as to deem me the sinner of the hostage situation.
The full-unedited footage of us discussing the ambush plan was sent over to redhot in a previous statement as the thread was locked. This is merely the action and basement involvement meat and potatoes.
I will post the 10 minutes of uncut back and forth TAC communication if requested.