Man Arrested Defending Family: Shoots AK-47 to Warn MS-13 Gang, and Alert Police Via ShotSpotter


Video demonstration of ShotSpotter technology.

Nassau County police responded to the home of George Grier in Uniondale after he fired warning shots from his AK-47. Gang members, who he thought might be ‘MS-13′ gang members, were threatening him at his front door. Five of the gang outside dared Grier to use his AK-47. After the gang members made threats, more gang members came to the front of Grier’s house.

Police in the area use ShotSpotter technology that senses gunshots and locates them on a laptop display with a map in the police officers’ squad cars. Grier said he knew his warning shot would bring a police response because of the ShotSpotter device — probably not the recommended way of notifying police from the police perspective. The police arrived, and arrested Grier — charging him with a D felony reckless endangerment.

No word on whether any gang members were arrested, or if they were actually MS-13 gang members. Police believe there are about 2,000 MS-13 gang members in Nasau County.

Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans and active in urban and suburban areas.

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