Gun free zones aren’t. Those include jails and prisons. In Sangamon County, IL, the juvenile detention center is clearly a gun-free zone. A really big gun free zone. Yet in recent days a juvy offender there – a local bad boy named Camren Darden – managed to get his hands on a Girsan 9mm pistol.
Given that the gun looks and feels like a clone of a Beretta 92 full-sized pistol, he clearly didn’t smuggle this into the facility by sticking it up his butthole. At least I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t fit.
Regardless, someone smuggled the piece in and Mr. Darden ended up in control of it. He shot up the place and thought he was going to hold a female inmate hostage as he got out.
Apparently the 17-year-old bad boy Camren Darden believed that holding a hostage at gunpoint would somehow end well for him. Maybe he thought all of his fellow gang members would hold him in awe for breaking out of jail with a hostage. Whatever he thought, he thought wrong. After soaking up the first few shots, Darden dropped his Girsan. Then, despite police commands to get his hands up, he reached for the Girsan. The screen cap below shows the scene a few tenths of a second before the cop shot him again… There are multiple lessons here to learn from Mr. Darden’s violent tendencies. Not the least of which is that shooting bad guys in the back is sometimes not only justified but necessary.
His aspirations of becoming a top gangster in the Illinois capital city left about as quickly as those .223 rounds entered his body. And then he expired a short time after arriving at the hospital.
Here’s the YouTube video of Springfield PD responding and promptly putting an end to the incident. (The only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun.)
There’s something to be said for gratitude to the Springfield cop that put down this menace to society. If this violent criminal was willing to kill at least three people that he shot at to help him escape from custody, what do you think he would do to you or your family if you didn’t comply with his demands to “give it up”?
Springfield, Illinois — On September 30, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Springfield Police Department responded to an active shooter call at the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Facility. Workers at the Sangamon County Detention Center had called law enforcement in need of officers. Information was received that a subject was armed, had possibly shot someone and was holding another hostage. The detention center guards are not allowed to carry firearms because of a state regulation. When officers arrived, they found the armed suspect, 17-year-old Camren Darden and the hostage at the entrance to the facility. The officer fired multiple rounds as Darden opened the front door, causing his firearm to fling backward. As Darden crawled to retrieve his weapon, the officer fired another shot, before Darden raised his hands in the air. Both Darden and the hostage were taken to HSHS St. John Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Darden died on September 30th at 9:41 p.m. from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. A 9 millimeter handgun was recovered at the scene. After the shooting, all of the juveniles were transferred to other facilities around the area, and haven’t returned to Sangamon County Juvenile Center.