Meet David Lee Galbreath. He is the son-in-law of some close friends of mine who has been on a downward spiral for the last few months. This story tells briefly how he spent his Sunday. It is full of omissions and inaccuracies, but it will do to start with:
Jefferson County deputies searching for armed suspect: Accused of threatening law enforcement officers.
First of all, he did not try to burn down his wife's house, he firebombed his in-laws' house (my friends) by throwing a Molotov cocktail into the carport in the late afternoon WHILE HIS OWN YOUNG SON and others were playing there. Fortunately it was an amateurish job, no one was burned and the fire was quickly extinguished. A Jefferson County deputy was right on his tail a moment after the deed as he fled (having been called earlier when David had been spotted at his wife's home further up the hill) but he eluded them by blowing through stop lights and stop signs, convincing the cop that further pursuit was going to get some innocent killed.
Later on, the cop answered a call from him to his wife's cell phone and he indicated that he was not going to surrender, that he would not be going to prison, and that the cops would have to kill him. Presumably this is the "threat to attack the police" mentioned in the stories on all the local morning news shows here.
What the Sheriff's Department did not tell the media: This has been an escalating case of domestic violence and deadly threats for some time, and there are outstanding cases and protective orders in place after he beat his wife (who is half his size). There have been chances when the Sheriff's Department could have held him but they let him out on recogs and a signature bond from his motorcycle gang chick girlfriend. Indeed, the JCSD seized some of his many weapons when they busted him on the domestic abuse charge, but they did not get them all because they could not get in his gun safe and failed to secure it until they could. Those that aren't in Galbreath's car right now are probably in the hands of his gangbanger buddies that he was messing around with. With the Sheriff's Department's usual efficiency, we'll probably be seeing those weapons surface in various crimes over the next year or so.
Anyway, I'll be helping my friends out this morning, seeing to the security of their property while they deal with the legal issues. I'll try to have more later.