Off-Duty Cop Sees Altercation, Identifies Himself As Officer, Gets Shot In Head

Officer David Aguilera was shot in the head by a bar patron early Saturday morning.

Highland, IN – Two off-duty police officers were shot outside of a Highland bar early Saturday morning, after they got into an altercation with two men who attempted to re-enter the establishment at closing time.

The incident occurred just after 2 a.m., when two men who left Growlers Bar earlier in the night showed back up, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

Off-duty Gary Police Officer Dwayne Brown, who was working as a bouncer for the bar, told the men that the bar was closing, and that they could no longer come inside.

The men began arguing with Officer Brown, at which point off-duty East Chicago Police Officer David Aguilera, who was at the bar as a patron, stepped up and intervened.

When Officer Aguilera identified himself as a police officer, one of the men shot him in the head.

Officer Brown was shot in the forearm.

Police received a report of the disturbance at 2:39 a.m., and arrived to find Officer Aguilera bleeding from the brain, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

He was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but his condition was not available as of Saturday morning.

Officer Brown was transported to another local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Investigators found the two assailants walking approximately a block away from the bar just minutes after they arrived in the area.

The men were taken into custody, and were being questioned at the Highland Police Department.

According to The Times of Northwest Indiana, a source said charges are pending against a man named O’Neill Cruze-Burgos.

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Heezels
Heezels

@HCD

"By far the most dangerous gap in federal firearms laws today is the background check loophole. Although federal law requires licensed firearms dealers to perform background checks on prospective purchasers, it does not require unlicensed sellers to do so."

"Indiana is not a point of contact state for the NICS. Indiana law explicitly requires dealers to conduct a background check prior to transferring a handgun, by contacting the FBI directly.1 Although Indiana has no law explicitly requiring firearms dealers to initiate a background check prior to transferring a long gun, the federal law requires dealers to initiate a background check prior to the transfer of any kind of gun by contacting the FBI directly.2"

I think you're trying to nitpick his comment to frustrate him. You know what he meant, and personally speaking, I think the act is getting old. You'd get a lot further if you'd just try to find things you like about the people you're commenting, instead of trying to pick a fight with everyone.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hambone757
Thats all well and good, but you're referencing federal law. States have the ability to create certain laws with regards to firearms, correct? That's why California is strict, and Indiana isnt.

Let's be clear, your claim was that every gun sale had to have a background check in the state of Indiana. Now, referring back to Indiana law, of which you are a resident, your laws say a background check is not needed. So who is wrong? You, or the state of Indiana?

Hambone757
Hambone757

Under Federal law, an unlicensed individual is prohibited from transferring a firearm to an individual
who does not reside in the State where the transferee resides. Generally, for a person to lawfully
transfer a firearm to an unlicensed person who resides out of State, the firearm must be shipped to a
Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) within the recipient’s State of residence. He or she may then
receive the firearm from the FFL upon completion of an ATF Form 4473 and a NICS background
check. More information can be obtained on the ATF website at www.atf.gov and
http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/unlicensed-persons.html. The GCA provides an exception from this
prohibition for temporary loans or rentals of firearms for lawful sporting purposes. Thus, for
example, a friend visiting you may borrow a firearm from you to go hunting. Another exception is
provided for transfers of firearms to nonresidents to carry out a lawful bequest or acquisition by
intestate succession. This exception would authorize the transfer of a firearm to a nonresident who
inherits a firearm under the will of a decedent. See 18 U.S.C. 922(a)(5).

Straight from the ATF

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

All of you, feel free to chime in as well:
@pacorona, @JMc, @LEO0301, @Florida_Res

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hambone757
Please explain. You being an Indiana resident and gun owner, I'm assuming. If I'm 100% wrong, please show me the correct Indiana gun law.

Not what you think the law is, but what the law is. Like how i just did.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hambone757
Funny, that's not what the State gun code reads. Here you go: IC 35.47.11.1.2

Private Gun Sales in Indiana
There is no requirement in Indiana for background checks on private gun sales. It is illegal to sell a firearm to a person that is under the age of 18 or anyone who abuses drugs or alcohol.
Preemption in Indiana
State preemption of local gun laws took effect in 2011. Local authorities are not permitted to regulate firearms in anyway.

Hambone757
Hambone757

Ummm..... I am an Indiana Resident and you have to not only do a Federal Background check but also show ID. Even in Private Sales it is Indiana Law that the Buyer Must show Indiana ID.... Idk where you got your information from but it is 100% Wrong.

Vetnam
Vetnam

Bar fly's matter

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"If the shooting occurred just after 2 AM, WHY was the local Police not even notified until 2:39??" This shooting should definitely be investigated by an independent investigator.

pacorona
pacorona

I do not believe that this is the case!! There are Federal laws that dictate that all guns purchased must have a form filled out and scanned by authorities before a gun can be bought. As far as I know, Indiana is still a part of the USA and is under this law as well.

Just a Missouri Girl
Just a Missouri Girl

If the shooting occurred just after 2 AM, WHY was the local Police not even notified until 2:39?? Good grief!! You have a person (an off-duty Police Officer, at that!) laying with a gunshot wound to the head for 35 minutes already, before Police are CALLED?? S
ince nobody had enough sense to call the Police, I assume an ambulance wasn't called for until Police arrived. So now probably 40 minutes before a call for an ambulance? By the time it arrives, that's 45 MINUTES at least this person has been bleeding from the head!!?? THAT is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!! Especially when everyone has a cell phone!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn Will you please just go away or die...thoughts and prayers.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Frank R
How does everyone else know we're talking about Indiana except you?

61mouse
61mouse

Maybe if law enforcement got paid more money protecting the American people they wouldn't have to get second jobs. As the politicans in DC get overpaid sitting on their asses screwing the American people

Bluelives1st
Bluelives1st

There is no excuse for this. Automatic death penalty for this. Freaking subhumans! I pray for the cops, their families, and all those affected by these 2 idiot's actions. I can feel the heartbreak and anger of the cops when one of their own is injured.

When the 2 officers that were shot in Dallas a month ago, I went to the hospital to support the officers on vigil and the 2 who were shot. Even when they were kicked at their lowest, they were very professional and awesome. When one of the officer's parents arrived, all the cops holding vigil formed up on both sides of the ambulance bay and saluted the parents as they walked in. You didn't even hear a thing. I ended up staying and buying several pizzas and cokes for the officers. I talked to some of them to help out with what I could in a situation like that. Just the gesture itself was appreciated. I only wanted to show them that they were appreciated by the vast majority of us civilians. Unlike the BLM, antifa, lowlifes, and criminals.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Funny how everyone can spout the laws, but can't justify the amount of illegal gun sales happen especially out of Indiana.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder whether stricter gun control laws could have prevented this tragedy.

JMc
JMc

@Hi_estComnDenomn To purchase a long gun (shotgun or rifle) you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Indiana or a bordering state (Illinois residents may face restrictions). To buy a handgun, receiver, pistol gripped shotgun, or NFA firearm you must be at least 21 years old and a resident of Indiana. For all firearm purchases you must present a valid photo ID that includes your current address (drivers license, state ID card, military ID w/ current orders). The actual buyer must also complete ATF Form 4473 and be granted a proceed response to a "national instant criminal search" or "NICS" background check. ( This does not apply to NFA firearms ).

Propolice
Propolice

They should have been shot on sight and to hell with the whiners. Shoot at a cop, get shot and killed. Enough!

No. 26-36
Frank R
Frank R

A FOID card is required in Illinios to purchase firearms as well as a waiting period and of course a federal background check. Stop talking out of your ass.

satmantoo
satmantoo

I’ve traveled all over the United States. There are many flee markets, swap meets. They are called different things in different states. Many of these places have folks set up selling guns of all kinds no questions asked! I’ve bought a few myself from time to time.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

You can buy anything anywhere. A criminal with 30 felony convictions can buy a gun from his neigbor with no background checks. A 30 time DUI negligent highway killer with no drivers license can also buy a car from his neighbor just as easy. What's your point? Make it harder to get guns? How can you stop that? 400 million + guns in the USA - we formed this nation with guns, and made it a point to always be able to keep them. Bad guys will always do bad things. If you had a magic wand and waved away all the guns do you think people won't still kill people? Guns don't kill either. A cold heart does.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn You should really check up on Federal laws before spouting total nonsense.

Florida_Res
Florida_Res

Every business (pawn shops included) that sell guns in the USA is required to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), and conducts an NICS background check - by law - Indiana included.