Monday, January 5, 2015

Lockouts don't always go as expected

Assuming the landlord wins the eviction case in court, the Sheriff executes the Writ of Possession, physically evicting the tenants/occupants of the house/apartment and placing the landlord in possession.  Usually the tenants/occupants have already moved out, grudgingly leave, or cry and need to be led out.  The Sheriff does allow them 10 minutes or so to grab any required items, like wallets and medications.  The law is structured so the Sheriff does this, sidearm in plain view, to avoid physical altercations or worse.  The landlord thereafter instructs his locksmith to change the locks.  This entire process is called the Lockout.

A colleague of mine told me this story.  She went to the Sheriff's office of Y county, to drop off some paperwork.  The deputy at the counter, upon seeing her enter, looked at his wristwatch and said "ten...twenty...thirty...forty..."

My colleague interrupted.  "What are you doing?"

Deputy:  "Telling you how much money your lockout is costing our department."

Colleague:  "We pay the fee for the lockout."

Deputy:  "Not enough for this one."

So as it turns out, the tenant was also wanted on a federal DEA warrant.  When the local Sheriff came to execute the writ and evict the tenant, the tenant thought it was the DEA coming to haul him to jail.  So he opened fire.  Obviously the Sheriff sent LOTS of reinforcements.

Fortunately (I suppose), the DEA actually did show up shortly after the Sheriff, and took control of the stand-off.  I remember my colleague telling me this lockout required 3-4 hours to complete.


No comments:

Post a Comment