Mailbag: Officer's death reminds resident of the first

October 10, 2013|This post has been corrected, as noted below.

The tragic death of Officer Jon Coutchie and the mention of the last officer killed in Laguna Beach in 1953 brought to my mind that day so long ago when Officer Gordon French was killed.

My husband, Quinn, and I lived in a small house at the end of Blumont Street with our infant daughter, Sharman.

Suddenly, a man walked through the open front door. He said he'd been hiking up the hill and wanted a drink of water, which I gave to him. He paced back and forth in front of the picture window facing downtown. He appeared very nervous. The baby was asleep in her buggy and I hoped she wouldn't awaken and annoy him.


He was wearing a brown tweed jacket and the right pocket bulged with what I though might be a gun. He asked me to call a taxi — it seemed to take forever to arrive.

After he left, squad cars arrived. Officers jumped out and ran to the edge of the hillside; guns drawn. When I approached them one officer replied to my query, "Ma'am, he just killed a police officer." The gunman was later [cornered] and killed in a motel in Dana Point.

Jeanne Farnes

Laguna Beach

Editor's note: Laguna Beach police Officer Gordon G. French was shot and killed Feb. 13, 1953,after a man he was booking at the city jail on suspicion of forgery took him hostage, according to The man later committed suicide, according to the website.

[For the record, 8:11 a.m., Oct. 11: An earlier version of this letter omitted the author's name.]


We should get rebate check from government

I would like to hear a response from my fellow U.S. citizens if they think we should get a rebate check from our government for all the time it is shut down.

We, the taxpayers, pay taxes each day and week etc. yet we have less returns on our contribution continually. Yet all the legislative hacks, Democrat and Republican, still draw salaries at the expense of our dollars with no net value.

Enough is enough and in the words of Peter Finch in the movie "Network," "I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore." The American people have been fleeced for long enough by local, state and federal political spin doctors and deserve better.

Funny how the polls show one trend across the board yet our so-called elected folks go against the grain based on polls I have seen.

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