Recent killing using hydroshocks
There have been several fatal shootings in the papers and on the TV news recently (vid. the mass shooting at the beer distributors warehouse) but the one that has seemed to generate the most public anger is about the guy who went to a dog park and used his 9mm Glock loaded with hydroshock bullets in a fatal shooting.
Apparently he was off duty (federal cop of some sort) and said he felt his life and the life of his wife was in danger. However, there appear to be no credible eye witnesses (one child has given police a statement). There is some question if he was legally allowed to carry in MD. He is currently on paid administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated. The officer's name has not been released because "many threats have been made against the man, his family and dog...."
On a number of forum discussions, I've noted that people discuss scenarios in which they might or might not use deadly force. I doubt that this scenario has been discussed often in the past.
If you think that drawing your weapon (in self defense?), or firing your weapon, or killing something with your weapon is going to result in an open and shut case, this event suggests that you may be underestimating the public response to the use of deadly force. While one point is that the shooting may (or may not) have been justified, the other point is that any use of firearms will likely bring about an investigation, social and economic costs, opprobrium, etc. That may raise one's threshold regarding the responsibilities of carrying a weapon.
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Interview with family of the victim:
Police question if carry was legal:
Hydroshock killing bullet:
Editorial asking for investigation:
Story on Facebook and thousands sign petition: