Every dad out there has protective instincts, especially when it comes to their children. But when said child is a suspect in an assault and burglary case, it’s probably best to cooperate with the law.
Not so much for one Vermont dad.
And unfortunately for the cops who were deployed to apprehend the suspect in an assault and burglary case, the dad happened to know how to operate an excavator — and pretty well at that.
As shared by the Vermont State Police in a Facebook post, the angry dad did not appreciate the troopers who were arresting his son. Dashcam footage from the troopers’ vehicle showed the angry dad swinging the excavator’s bucket at the troopers.
“Last week, two of our troopers found themselves in an unexpected and dangerous situation when they went to a home in Hardwick to arrest a suspect in an assault and burglary case.
“The suspect’s parents attempted to hinder the arrest, and ultimately the suspect’s father menaced and attempted to assault the troopers using an excavator,” the Vermont Police Department wrote.
The situation escalated to the point where the officers seemed they were ready to play chicken with the excavator. One of the troopers even drew his weapon.
Fortunately, the situation reportedly calmed down after. State police noted that they were not injured. They were also able to arrest both the father and son.
In a later statement, one of the police commanders stated that troopers are simply not trained in the academy for such a scenario.
“They don’t have a scenario at the academy where we practice this one,” the commander noted.