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Man dies a day after being in high speed police chase

By Kerces 15 September 2006 119

The Canberra Times is rather excited by the news that a man who was involved in a high speed police chase on Wednesday died yesterday afternoon.

David “DJ” McLaughlin shot himself in a car in Gungahlin which was surrounded by armed police. He was pronounced dead at the Canberra Hospital.

On Wednesday evening the police chase involving McLaughlin apparently began when police noticed him in a stolen car at Hawker shops. Police said he rammed th police car and crashed into two othe cars when trying to get away from there.

The police chase went from there down to Flynn where McLaughlin abandoned the car. Flynn was locked down for hours, causing much inconvenience to residents who have been complaining to the paper, while police searched for the man. They had seen him holding a shotgun sometime during all this.

Yesterday McLaughlin was ‘intercepted” in Ngunnawal, in a different car. Police began negotiations with him via mobile phone, and during this he threatened self harm. Superintendent Brian McDonald told the CT (in typical police fashion) that around 4.50pm McLaughlin had discharged a firearm “causing self harm”. he was treated at the scene by ambulance officers the police had gotten on hand, but later died at hospital.

Superintendent McDonald said police think McLaughlin usually lived in Canberra’s north and that he had family living locally who had been in touch with police. He also said that McLaughlin was wanted on a warrant for an unrelated matter.

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EvanJames 12:50 pm 29 Apr 11

Rather than giving people his skin, which seems a bit pointless, he’d have been better off using his mad skillz to steal this lady a car so she could drive herself home from her split shifts. I reckon she should feel a bit ripped off, only getting some lousy skin.

carnardly 12:07 pm 29 Apr 11

that’s half the fun though tooks isn’t it? heh heh

he wasn’t a bad person at all – he’d give you the skin off his back he was so good….

Nicole – you have obviously never had your car stolen. He might have been a top guy to you, but then he’d go out and steal someone’s car and crash it into a number of others… A number of people around town were totally screwed and inconvenienced by the actions of this boke. What made him so above the law that he felt it was ok to go out and steal something that did not belong to him. Something that someone else had worked hard for.

If he was dropping you off and picking you up 2 hours apart all through the day, didn’t he have a job of his own to go to? why not?

Tooks 11:12 am 29 Apr 11

The thread that keeps on keeping on. 5 years on and people still won’t let it go.

Mysteryman 10:51 am 29 Apr 11

nicole23666 said :

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DID NOT KNOW DJ, SHUT THE F*** UP!!!! I WAS HIS GRILFRIEND AND I KNEW HIM, HE WAS NOT A BAD PERSON AT ALL, HE WOULD EVEN GIVE YOU THE SKIN OFF HIS BACK IF YOU NEEDED IT. I LIVED WITH HIM FOR 6 MONTHS AND NOT ONCE DID HE GIVE ME A REASON FOR ME NOT TO FEEL SAFE OR TRUST HIM, I WORKED SPLIT SHIFTS AT A CLUB DJ WOULD DROP ME OFF AT 12PM AND PICK ME UP WITH OUT ADOUBT AT 2PM, WE WOULD THEN STAY AT HOME UNTILL I WENT BACK TO WORK AT 5:30PM WHILE ON OUR WAY TOO WORK HE WOULD THEN RING A FRIEND AND DJ WOULD GO THERE UNTILL I FINISHED AT 9:30PM (FRIEND CONFIRMED), SOMETIMES I WOULD EVEN WALK OUT TO HAVE A SMOKE AND I WOULD SEE HIM SITTING IN HIS CAR WAITING FOR ME OR I WOULD EVEN SEE HIM SITTING IN THE CLUB DRINKING HIS COKE WATCHING THE BIG SCREEN TV. WE WOULD THEN GO HOME WHERE HE WOULD COOK ME DINNER AND WE WOULD PLAY WITH OUR KITTEN AND THE NEXT DAY WOULD BE THE SAME! DJ AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH MY NEPHEW HE WOULD LOVE TAKING HIM OUT (HE EVEN SAT ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND 4 TIMES) JUST TO SEE HIM SMILE. MY NEPHEW ASKES FOR DJ EVERY NOW AND THEN AND ITS HARD TO EXPLAIN TO A 3 YEAR OLD THAT THE ONE THE IDOL IS GONE, DJ WAS A GREAT PERSON HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL HE WAS GOING TO BE SOMEBODY (THAT’S WHY I LOVED HIM) NONE OF THIS IS GOING TO MAKE SENCE TO ANY OF YOU BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD AT LEAST TRY AND LET YOU KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIM, NOT JUST FROM THE MEDIA BUT FROM SOMEONE WHO KNEW DJ LIVED WITH HIM LOVED HIM!!!

Oh yeah, definitely a great guy. He had an awesome rap sheet and was on the run from the police, in a stolen car, while armed – just like all of the best members of society are. I know Fred Hollows, Robert Menzies, Martin Luther King Jr and Mother Theresa all spent plenty of time stealing cars and carrying illegal firearms.

Congratulations on being able to tell us about your schedule, by the way. You seem really proud of that.

zig 7:55 am 29 Apr 11

Yay at least he had the balls to take only himself out and didn’t go on a murderous rampage shooting random innocent people before offing himself.

Chicka 1:22 am 29 Apr 11

Danman said :

read shotgun above (ed?)

No it was a really crappy gun …

Postalgeek 1:19 pm 17 Jul 09

Zombie thread! Decapitate it. It’s the only way to be sure.

ahappychappy 12:55 pm 17 Jul 09

I don’t think its them having a right of reply? It’s an OLD thread with no use anymore… the only use is for people who knew DJ to come on here, say how much he meant to them, and for the regulars on here to laugh at them then use words that are too big for them to understand to take the piss.

Don’t delete it, hopefully everyone reading will just ignore it and it will go away like last time.

hairy nosed wombat 12:43 pm 17 Jul 09

John boy don’t delete this thread. These people feel they have something to say.

Riot act claims to be a “right of reply”. By deleting this thread we are preventing these people from having their “right of reply”

“I do not agree with what you say, but i will fight for your right to say it” – Voltaire

PBO 12:28 pm 17 Jul 09

C’mon Johnboy, Can you DJ this thread (Kill it)?

BerraBoy68 12:13 pm 17 Jul 09

Good grief people.

He’s gone, this is an old thread, just let it go……

ROOSTERFAN 11:43 am 17 Jul 09

dnt even worry bout them nic there not even worth it!!!

love ya nic xo see ya monday

PBO 2:16 pm 13 Jul 09

DJ has been dead since September 14, 2006. This thread should take note.

nicole23666 1:20 pm 13 Jul 09

Danman said :

Just because someone done a few good deeds for someone else, that does not make them a good person… I am sure Hitler was nice to some people, does that make him a great guy ?

As for you Barnsey…time to let sleeping demons lie….Thank your Rooster mate for bringing it up again though.

Am i meant to be worried that you know me?

Hells_Bells74 8:47 pm 11 Jul 09

Kapow!

vg 3:02 pm 11 Jul 09

nicole23666 said :

Maelinar said :

Odd working hours nicole, you may want to go to a recruitment company to discuss better options.

As you can spell normally, you can at least either spell naturally or know how to use a spellchecker, and could earn an adequate wage just off this simple example.

That said unless aforementioned 2-3 hour job hours particularly suit you, or are extremely lucrative working hours.

I worked 10 hr, 7days week but split into 2 shifts i was a floor manager of a restaurant i earned between 600-800 a week so i didn’t think i needed to
go to an recruitment company….

Did any of you know him? besides you roosterfan

Yes, and x 2 what DJ said

Danman 1:41 pm 11 Jul 09

Just because someone done a few good deeds for someone else, that does not make them a good person… I am sure Hitler was nice to some people, does that make him a great guy ?

As for you Barnsey…time to let sleeping demons lie….Thank your Rooster mate for bringing it up again though.

nicole23666 10:17 am 11 Jul 09

Maelinar said :

Odd working hours nicole, you may want to go to a recruitment company to discuss better options.

As you can spell normally, you can at least either spell naturally or know how to use a spellchecker, and could earn an adequate wage just off this simple example.

That said unless aforementioned 2-3 hour job hours particularly suit you, or are extremely lucrative working hours.

I worked 10 hr, 7days week but split into 2 shifts i was a floor manager of a restaurant i earned between 600-800 a week so i didn’t think i needed to
go to an recruitment company….

Did any of you know him? besides you roosterfan

Deadmandrinking 10:26 pm 07 Jul 09

Well, if we’re going to address posts dated two years ago – you usually bring in sh-tloads for night-work, and it’d be pretty busy work at about 12-2am.

That and she was probably only 18 or 19…geez some posters must have felt big.

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