Officer Bruce Martin was in his patrol car nearby. When the police dispatcher broadcast a shooting at the Ladies Clinic, Officer Martin whipped a u-turn. With his lights flashing and siren wailing, Officer Martin sped to the clinic. Arriving, Officer Martin saw Paul Hill walking toward him. Behind Hill, a small group of men pointed excitedly at Hill.
Officer Martin stopped his patrol car and got out. Drawing his gun, Officer Martin instructed Hill to lay on the ground. Hill did so. Officer Martin handcuffed him.
In his article ‘Defending the Defenseless,’ Paul Hill wrote, “Within a couple of minutes the police arrived. I gave a hopeful and non-resisting look to the policeman who ordered me under arrest with his drawn handgun. I was relieved when they cuffed me. I did not want to be shot, and was glad to be safely in police custody.”
Officer Martin found three spent shotgun shells near the clinic’s entrance. A black pump-action shotgun was found nearby.
The police took Paul to the Pensacola Police Station. Paul was not questioned in the usual manner. A police officer that had been specially trained in criminal psychology sat with Paul. The two men talked quietly about whatever Paul wanted to talk about. Paul did not want to talk about killing two men with a pump-action shotgun. As he put it, “I did not discuss what had just happened. I did not want to aid those who had sinned by swearing to uphold mass murder (as have virtually all those who have sworn to uphold the law of the land).” In other words, to Paul’s way of thinking police officers were nothing more than “sinners” who were accomplices to murder.
Paul’s reasoning mirrored the reasoning of the church of Christian Identity, which stated that all government officials were the agents of ZOG. ZOG stood for ‘zionist occupied government.’ Supposedly, the intention of ZOG was to make everyone a slave in the New World Order.
Three hours later, Officer Martin escorted Paul to a squad car. The distance from the police station to the squad car was twenty yards. It was like running a gauntlet made of human flesh and recording devices. Hundreds of reporters, photographers and cameramen filled the twenty-yard span. The national media focused its spotlight on Paul Hill. The cold-blooded murder of an abortion doctor and his escort was sensational stuff.
Paul knew the media would be there. He had prepared for it. “As I came out of the door of the station, I seized the initiative, and raised my voice in a carefully planned declaration: ‘Now is the time to defend the unborn in the same way you’d defend slaves about to be murdered!’”
Not only was Paul defending himself and his actions, he was openly inciting others to take up weapons and kill abortionists. This type of manipulation demonstrated how thoroughly Paul had been indoctrinated by Christian Identity doctrine. For Identity dogma championed violent revolt.
Officer Martin and his prisoner pushed their way through the massed media. When they finally reached the squad car, Officer Martin carefully placed Paul in the back. Officer Martin then drove Paul to Escambria County Jail, where Paul was booked and issued jail clothing. Paul was immediately placed in Administrative Segregation for his own protection. Which meant he was placed in a solitary cell under heavy security.
Once in his cell, Paul gave praise to the Lord. “I repeatedly sang a song commonly used at rescues. The first stanza is, ‘Our God is an awesome God.’” In his cell, Paul felt as if he was finally free. He had finally escaped what in his mind was “the state’s tyranny.” Paul believed that by committing murder he had delivered countless unborn children. He felt his act merited a “holiday of feasting and rejoicing.” In his mind, Paul believed that if he had not killed Dr. Britton, he would have been guilty of a “sin of omission.” By failing to murder, he would have sinned before God.
Obviously, Paul Hill had arrived at a point where black was white and white was black. His mental processes had malfunctioned.
Within days, the prosecutors for Florida stated they would be seeking the death penalty. This was in accordance with the law. Paul Hill had not only murdered two men, he had thought about it and planned it. Which made it premeditated murder. And he had lain in wait to commit the murders. These ‘special circumstances’ made him eligible for death.