This is not funny. "A lot of hardened officers were shocked by the whole thing."
Meanwhile, as a purely academic exercise—a litmus test for the blogosphere, if you will—it might be interesting to see how the Technorati cosmos for this one, ahem, snowballs.
Right now, four blogs hold it to be a tragic, senseless death (i, ii, iii, iv); while six see the
slapstick comedy unfortunate humour inherent in death by snowball (i, ii,
iii, iv, v, vi).
So, since we're destined for an eternity of eternal damnation, you might want to practise, or else it might be your untimely demise at which we snigger next.