November 28th, 2007 04:18 AM
Deputy acted accordingly whether the child was there or not!
Some lunatic charges you and closing fast and screaming a war cry of obscenities with a raised weapon in hand leaves you NO TIME to second guess things or probably even try to move off axis. Especially if he had his back to the threat initially or was kneeling down talking to the boy at the time of the attack.
Doesn't matter whether the weapon was a rifle, table leg, piece of rebar or for that matter a woofle bat.
It's in the dark, the man is running directly at you screaming waving what appears to be a weapon.
This is what you call "The Moment of Truth" and a time for a life or death split second decision.
Whether the child was there or not, if the deputy hesitated he very well could have been dead. Permanently!
Good shoot as far as I'm concerned!
I have seen LEO's use incredible amounts of restraint in order not to shoot someone who they were within their legal right to do so based on Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy and end up making an arrest instead. It's a dangerous gamble every time they do that, but they do it because no one who is good, rightous and moral, really wants to kill someone. In this case, I believe the deputy had no choice!
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
November 28th, 2007 04:35 AM
Thank goodness for smart cops.
A man in the hands of his enemies is flesh, and shudderingly vulnerable. - author unknown
November 28th, 2007 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by pgrass101
If I were a LEO per LEO training methods, I'd have done what he did...shoot.
As a non-LEO civilian though I wouldn't have been there, but if I had I'd flee/retreat/evade as a first course of action. Optimally to hardened cover such as my vehicle or some other house.
"Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy
"A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing
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