Phoenix Jones recounts gunfire in Belltown, deflects crediton January 5, 2012 @ 8:59 am (Updated: 11:34 am - 1/5/12 )
97.3 KIRO FM's John Curley .
He was on patrol with his crew of eight, including a guest superhero from Oakland who goes by the name Motormouth, when suddenly they heard a spray of gunfire.
On the video, you can see and hear the excited reaction as they run toward the scene, armed with two new $10,000 bat-shaped bulletproof shields.
"Wait a second, where did you get $10,000?!" asked an incredulous Curley.
Turns out, the shields were donated and they came in handy. "We sort of formed a wall and everybody got behind," said Phoenix.
Curley wonders how the other six people without a shield felt about running toward gunfire, but that's another story for another day.
The real story is the controversy that ensued. Motormouth claimed in an interview with SF Weekly he was able to count the number of shots fired, determined the gunman was out of bullets and then rushed him, forcing him to surrender.
But Phoenix said it was a very different story.
"Motor never ran up to the guy," Phoenix said. "It's not because we're superheroes, it's because because eight guys were running toward him."
Phoenix credits Seattle Police for responding within 45 seconds.
As for Motor's claims he counted bullets? "I am going to say that I've made that mistake before," recounted Phoenix of a time he went after an armed man and thought he'd already fired six shots.
"So after the sixth one, I stood up to run toward him and he goes "Bam!"...'that's number seven,' "Bam!" 'that's number eight.' And by the time he got to me I thought I was going to die. That's when I found out certain revolvers have eight," laughed Jones.
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