10 Most Insane Shootouts in History

Wednesday - 3 January, 2018

Ever since people figured out how to propel bullets out of enclosed chambers using gun powder the face of armed conflict has been completely different. People no longer needed to be skilled with a bow or sword in order to take a life. They just had to have a functional index finger. For better or for worse (depending on who you ask) guns are not going anywhere and as a result we end up with lists like this one. These are the 10 most insane shootouts in history.

10 The Marin County Courthouse Shootout

In an attempt to free his brother 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson walked right into the courthouse in Marin County, California on August 7, 1970 with an arsenal of weapons. He stormed into a trial where he armed defendant James Mclain, who was on trial for murdering a prison guard, and two fellow convicts William Christmas and Ruchell Magee, who were testifying as witnesses. The four men then took the judge, a district attorney and three jurors as hostages and marched them out of the courthouse into a waiting getaway van. A shootout ensued between the suspects and the Marin County Sheriffs deputies while they were fleeing, which resulted in the death of Jackson, judge Harold Haley, McClain and Christmas and injured the DA and one of the jurors, while Magee was severely wounded but was later sentenced to life in prison.

9 The Battle of Stone Corral

The final shootout during the pursuit of the Sontag-Evans Gang occurred on June 1893 after months of searching and several previous encounters. A small posse led by Marshal George E. Gard was able to ambushed John Sontag and Chris Evans at a corral near Visalia, California where both of the outlaws were severely wounded. Sontag died three days later while in police custody; while Evans managed to escape though he lost an eye and his left arm. He was eventually captured though.

8 The MOVE Shootout

On May 13, 1985 the Philadelphia Police Department stormed the headquarters of the activist group known as MOVE armed with tear gas while the Fire Dept. hosed them down water cannons. However, a burst of gunfire erupted where the police responded with thousands of rounds of small arms fire for 90 minutes. They also dropped a 4-pound bomb of C-4 and Tovex on the roof which started a fire that consumed 62 houses; wherein 11 members of the MOVE died and only 2 survived. The PPD was eventually sued and forced to pay $1.5 million to a survivor and relatives for using excessive force and unlawful search and seizure.

7 The Nuevo Laredo Shootout

On August 1, 2003 at around 3am, a shootout ensued between the Mexican Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) and a group of armed men believed to be members of the drug cartel Los Negros in the streets of Nuevo Laredo across the US-Mexico border from Loredo, Texas. Members of the AFI were staying at a nearby hotel when the attorney general of the city, Juan Manuel Muñoz called for help that he was being chased by several individuals in a dark-colored truck. The AFI followed the truck with seven of their vehicles and a shootout between the police officers and alleged drug traffickers ensued for 40 minutes.

6 The Spiritwood Incident

The incident happened on July 7, 2006 in a community of 1000 people in Spiritwood, Canada and ended near Mildred, nearly 27 kilometers away. Constables Robin Cameron and Marc Bourdages of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were both shot in the head through their cruiser’s windshield after a 30 km car chase and shootout with Curtis Dagenais after responding to a home complaint.

5 The Aramoana Massacre

After the shooting rampage that killed 13 people including a police officer in a small seaside town of Aramoana, New Zealand; members of the Special Tactics Group surrounded the house where the shooter, David Malcolm Gray was hiding on November 14, 1990. A gun battle ensued after the failed attempts to lure him out until Gray eventually ran out of the house, firing his rifle from the hip before being struck down. He died on his way to the hospital.

4 Manila Hostage Crisis

On August 23, 2010, relieved police officer Rolando Mendoza boarded a bus filled with Hong Kong tourists in Rizal Park, Manila Philippines and took everyone hostage. After freeing 4 children, senior citizens and a woman with a disability, a gun battle ensued when he was enraged with what he saw on the on-board TV broadcast showing the arrest of his brother. It took 12 hours for the SWAT team to kill Mendoza with a sniper. When the dust had settled 8 people were dead and 7 were wounded.

3 Acacia Hills Shootout

Rodney Ansell was an Australian bushman who became the inspiration for the “Crocodile Dundee” films. However, on August 3, 1999, he ambushed several police officers at a roadblock intersection and fatally killed one of the officers near the Acacia Hills, Northern Territory Australia. Ansell was killed in a gun fight that followed as more officers arrived on the scene.

2 Bonnot Gang

When three police officers confronted anarchist Jules Bonnot in an apartment on April 24, 1912; he opened fire killing the vice-chief of the Surete Nationale before fleeing across adjacent rooftops. This has made him France’s most wanted criminal with a reward of 100,000 francs. On April 28, he was cornered in a Paris suburb and the shootout ended with the police bombing the building where Bonnot was taking cover.

1 Mayerthorpe Incident

The worst one-day loss of life for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 100 years occurred on March 3, 2005 as the officers were executing a property seizure on the farm of James Roszko, near the Town of Mayerthorpe in Alberta, Canada. Armed with Heckler

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