What would really happen in real life after the words “Get off my lawn.” were uttered?
DERANGED KOREAN VET DIES IN CONFRONTATION WITH POLICE.
Had threatened teens earlier with an assault rifle.
A Korean veteran that threatened a group of teens with an M1 assault rifle for stepping on his front lawn, was shot and killed by Highland Park SWAT team when he refused to put down the weapon. Walt Kowalski (81) was known in the racially mixed neighborhood as a irascible man who would not associate with others. According to neighbors, he would usually use epithets against the mostly H’Mong population in his street. “Badgers,” “Spooks,” “Zipperheads” were common expression Kowalski used against Asian Americans according to Sue Lor, a neighbor.
According to the police report, the night before the confrontation with police, a group of local kids were horse playing next door when two of them accidentaly landed on Kowalski’s front lawn. Witnesses say that Kowalski came out of the house aiming his rifle to the teens and demanding that they leave or that he “blow a hole in your face and then I go in the house and I sleep like a baby.”
The teens ran away afraid for their lives and called 911. One of the teens filmed the event on his cell phone and turned it to the authorities. Due to the possible danger, police decided to use the SWAT team to arrest Kowalski. The neighborhood was evacuated and the SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant on Kowalski’s home which ended up with the shooting that took his life.
Local priest Father Janovich commented that Kowalski had been angry, depressed and despondent after the death of his wife some months earlier. “I guess her death affected him more than we could imagine. He was irascible and abusive with everybody even calling me a ‘over-educated, 27-year-old virgin who held the hand of superstitious old women and promised them eternity.’ There is no doubt he had problems.”