It is truly a despicable type of person that takes advantage of others in times of emergency.
One looter in Panama City, Florida, paid a dear price, however, having been shot dead for trying to steal a police SUV.
Panama City is one of the hardest hit areas in the Florida panhandle, left devastated by Hurricane Michael last week.
You Were Warned
One thing we can always depend on is the scum of society trying to exploit a natural disaster for their own gain.
Regardless of how devastating circumstances may be, there are always some people that would prefer to make matters worse by stealing what little others have left.
In this case, someone was trying to steal a first responders SUV.
This was a conscious decision, as the would-be thief informed a witness of his intentions.
Luckily, Landon Swett, an eyewitness, was smart enough to move his family out of danger during the incident.
According to Swett, the suspect told him he was going to take the SUV. “He yelled at me a little bit. He said, oh I’m looting and he opened the door to the police officer’s SUV with the lights going, got in it and shut the door.”
In his haste, the suspect apparently forgot to check the vehicle in full, because there was a first responder at the vehicle. “As I’m crossing the doorway, I look back, saw the officer at the passenger side. I don’t believe the door was open yet. Then I got about three more feet inside, and I heard the shot,” Swett said.
As the suspect attempted to get behind the wheel, the first responder, reportedly a state fire marshall, shot and killed him.
A different attitude has been taken against looters since the hurricanes of 2017.
Law enforcement, as well as business owners, are no longer willing to look the other way as has been done in the past.
Throughout these communities, we see signs warning looters they will meet their demise.
In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster warned looters, that if caught, they will be shown “no mercy.”
No mercy is certainly what this latest looter was shown.