Woman, threatened with rape, calls 911 only to be told: "there are no officers on duty to help her"

It sounds as if this woman should have invested in buying herself a gun.  From the UK Daily Mail:

A terrified woman from Josephine County, Oregon, dialed 911 to report that her violent ex-boyfriend is trying to break into her home, but in response she was told that there are no officers on duty to help her.  . . .
Eventually, the crazed man forced his way into the house, choked his former girlfriend and raped her without no one there to stop him.The suspect, Michael Bellah, was later arrested and pleaded guilty to kidnapping, assault and sex abuse. . . .  
The woman explained that her ex-boyfriend, Michael Bellah, had put her in the hospital just weeks prior, and she has been trying to keep him away. . . .  
'Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?' the officer, who identified himself as Ray, told the caller.  
The woman explained that she has already asked Bellah to leave and warned him that she was going to call police, but that did nothing to stop him from trying to break down the door - something he had done in the past, according to the girlfriend. . . .
The solution pushed by this news article is that the county should have voted for higher taxes.  Of course, a lot can happen even in 15 or 20 minutes. 

UPDATE:  Megan Kelley has the audio available here.

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Blogger Dan Stirling said...

Joe Biden would know what to do.
Blam! Blam!

/Loved Freedomnomics!

5/23/2013 2:34 PM  
Blogger Bionic Muscle said...

If she was armed she could have shot him. He also had a past violent history with her. Very sad. Never rely on police to come save the day. Call them but defend yourself.

5/23/2013 2:34 PM  
Blogger piker62 said...

Is that the plan? Spend less in taxes, take those savings and buy weapons? Arm the inner city, where the most crime occurs?

5/23/2013 2:52 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks very much, Dan. I greatly appreciate you reading Freedomnomics and your feedback on it.

5/23/2013 6:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My issue with this is that the local Sheriff is blaming this on the loss of a federal grant.

I'm sorry for what happened to this woman, but it is not the federal government's job to fund local law enforcement. In other words, it is not the job of someone like Me in Virginia, to fund a local sheriff’s office in OR.

This is not a gun control problem, this is much worse; it is the wholesale abdication of local political autonomy. Very sad.

5/24/2013 8:52 AM  

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