A Kansas police officer who once served his nation as an Army Infantryman had an oddly-heartwarming incident unfold at the station when a fellow veteran showed up with a box of donuts and intent to turn himself in.
Galena Police Sergeant Blaine Cornelius was conducting his duties at police headquarters when he heard a knock on the front door and came face-to-face with a familiar face.
Standing before him was US Army veteran Tyrone Amos (also known by his rapper moniker, M3GAPHON3), holding a “relatively” fresh box of Krispy Kreme donuts.
“I come in peace,” Amos said. “Please don’t hurt me.”
Sergeant Cornelius was relieved to see Amos- he was technically a wanted man, having been served a municipal warrant for a one-way ticket to the Cherokee County Jail and previously engaging in a social media flame war with the Galena Police.
According to Kansas.com, Amos had fled from police during a traffic stop, hiding in the bushes to evade capture. After engaging in a social media melee with the police on Facebook, he decided to peacefully turn himself in.
“Times up,” he posted shortly before heading into the police station.
Over a slice of chicken bacon ranch pizza, Sergeant Cornelius and Amos discussed what would happen next before heading out.
“I let him ride up front and we got to know a little about each other along the way,“ Sergeant Cornelius recounted in a post on the GPD’s Facebook page. “I learned Tyrone and I have a lot in common.”
During the trip, they both discovered that they shared a mutual hatred for Fort Benning, Georgia, where they both attended Basic Training- Cornelius being Infantry and Amos being in Communications.
“We commiserate about the heat and the sand,” the Kansas lawman wrote. “We even shared some conspiracy theories along the way.”
At one point, Amos told Cornelius about the negative experiences he previously had with the authorities, and that his family was apprehensive about him turning himself in. In response, Cornelius talked about the dangers of law enforcement, and how one must overcome fears on a daily basis to keep moving forward.
While the trip wasn’t terribly long, Cornelius and Amos found themselves appreciating the time spent together.
“We didn’t solve the world’s problems, but we put a dent in them,” Sergeant Cornelius remarked. “A very small seemingly insignificant dent in the grand scheme of things, but one that meant a great deal to us!”
The post, which has been shared over 678 times, drew a lot of positive comments from both the veteran and civilian communities, respectively.
“Good work! This is excellent community policing and Galena will be better for it,” one commenter wrote. “Great work Sergeant, and we’ll be rooting for Tyrone to be the man he was made to be!”
26-year-old Tyrone Amos was booked into the county jail on a $1,500.00 Cash/Surety bond for a series of charges, including transporting an open container, possession of “certain hallucinogenic drugs,” driving on a suspended license and a broken tail light, among other charges.
Sergeant Cornelius is rooting for his new friend and banking on his promise to fly straight from here on out.
“One of ya’ll need to go #FreeM3GAPHON3,” he wrote in his post.
As of 2016, the population of Galena amounts to about 2,886 people.
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