Police Fire 22 Rounds Into C5 Corvette

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A misunderstanding with potentially deadly consequences ends with one seriously messed up Corvette.

Winston Churchill once said that nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. I think we can all agree that we wouldn’t like to experience that in our Corvettes.

But that’s just what happened to George Robbins in Eureka, California on July 14th. As a result of a misunderstanding, twenty-two rounds were fired into his black C5 Corvette coupe.

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The incident occurred around 10 PM. Apparently, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies spotted what they believed to be a suspicious vehicle on Martin Ferry Bridge.

Robbins says he was blinded by the headlights of the patrol car as it approached. Thinking it might be his cousin playing a joke on him, Robbins reached behind the seat for a .44 caliber handgun and pointed it at the patrol car. Deputies then opened fire, shooting 22 rounds into the Corvette.

Robbins didn’t return fire. Instead, he ducked down and waited for the gunfire to stop. But despite the incident being a misunderstanding, Robbins was booked into Humboldt County Jail for pointing a gun at a police officer.

Robbins was working private security at the time, looking out for suspicious activity around construction equipment on Highway 169. He wasn’t supposed to be carrying a gun at the time, and he doesn’t possess a concealed carry permit. Despite this, it’s unclear whether charges were filed for those offenses.

Thankfully, there were no serious injuries. Robbins suffered minor wounds to his face and left shoulder. He was treated and released into police custody.

While we expect our Corvettes to protect us in the event of a crash, we’ve honestly never wondered if they’re bulletproof. Hopefully, we’ll never have to find out.

Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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