So as not to hijack the original thread I started a new one.
Deadly shootout after routine traffic stop
Video of police officer shot in Fortville Indiana - YouTube
First prayers out for the officer glad he will be ok.
I am not saying the officer did anything wrong nor am I glorifying what the suspect did I am merely using this as a training opprotunity for all of us.
I realize as a CC holder we won't be making traffic stops but for the sake of argument lets say this is the BG that we are dealing with in whatever the situation may be. From what I saw he comes from a seated position to a solid two hand hold into an extended locked position and begins firing at a moving target, if the officer was in fact out of the car.
He begins to advance while firing in a steady cadence never letting up advancing on an armed police officer. He did not hesitate nor was he intimidated by the fact that this was a police officer or that he ran the risk of being shot himself. The bad guy negotiates around the car and continues to fire striking the officer three times out of 12 until he either runs out of ammo, I could not tell if the gun he was holding was at slidelock or not, or is satisfied the officer is down. I do not know what type of training the suspect had but this is the type of bad guy that you better be ready to defend against.
Let's look at some things the suspect did and ask yourself first could you do the same thing and how could you defend against it?
The suspect attacked with hesitation. I am not trying to start an argument but this is what myself and others have preached. All it takes is one dedicated individual to end your life. This guy was determined to get out of there and if that meant he had to take the officers life so be it. He was not intimidated by the badge or gun or the prospect of getting shot himself. Whether this determination was fueled by drugs, alcohol or just his mindset is not really a big factor the officer was blocking his way to freedom just as a CC holder would be in the middle of a robbery should they decide to act.
The suspect had done this type of shooting before. You simply do not pick up a gun and do the things he did without training to do it. I am not saying he attended a formal school but I assure you he was an experienced shooter. He had a solid two hand grip, fired in a steady cadence while negotiating around the car in low light, striking a moving target with 1/3 of his rounds.
Finally he did not quit. The bad guy kept firing until the threat to him was down. He did not fire two and run he shot the officer to the ground, then and only then did he disengage. I do not know if the officer even had time to draw his weapon or even return fire but in this case it made no difference to the suspect he attacked with determination and a sole purpose of putting the officer down. This is the guy you have to train for guys not the thug who runs at the sight of a gun or an alarm sign in your yard.
Again I am thankful that the man upstairs was protecting the officer and he was wearing a vest. I am not "rooting for the bad guy". I am simply using this as an example of the type of criminal we may face one day.