Police Chief John Dubuisson in Pass Christian, Mississippi, has always been trained and ready to use his .45—but not in the way that saved his life during Katrina.As described by a Web post by Correspondent Martin Savidge on www.dailynightly.msnbc.com, “The group sought shelter in the town’s library. It’s up on higher ground and in the shadow of City Hall. As the streets outside range like mountain rapids, they felt safe in the recently renovated structure. But that’s when the flaw to their plan started to seep in.”
Police cars left on the streets with flashing lights started floating around. Sure enough, one of the cars banged against library doors. The flood poured in. They couldn’t force a hole in the roof, so they tried blasting the glass-framed back door with their .45s. The door held.
Eventually the door gave way, creating a rapids as the water rushed out, carrying Chief Dubuisson with it. He grabbed a nearby railing. The other officers made their way outside and to the roof, where they rode out the flood, never to forget Katrina and the Shootout at Pass Christian.