Bad LEO situation in TN

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    Exclamation Bad LEO situation in TN

    Yesterday an unfortunate scenario played our near Gallatin, TN:
    About 2:30am a police car was nearly struck head on by another vehicle. The police officer gave chase and was aided by another patrol car in the pursuit. The chase was at very high speeds until the speeder lost control of his car and went off in a ditch/ravine. The first officer on the scene rushed to the victims aid and as he slipped and fell in the ditch his fire arm discharged. The second office a few seconds behind him heard the shot, saw the officer fall and fired several times on the speeder and killed him . . . he was un armed.
    Both officers are on administrative leave pending the investigation but I have to feel badly for them anyway while trying to do their duty. Such a misfortunate situation the victim placed them both in . . . .
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    IF it went down the way you said.....it's a very unfortunate incident for ALL involved.

    EDIT: Not saying (in any way) he deserved to get shot, but, don't run from the police.
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    [B]Sorry for the LEO's that have to deal with instant decisions. It appears that 2nd. officer was trying to protect the 1st.(downed?) officer.
    [/But if I was the 2nd officer I think I would have did exactly as he did.]
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    A very sad situation for everyone involved.

    The speeder should have been driving safely in the first place.

    Officer #1 should not have had his finger on the trigger.

    Officer #2 should have identified the target before firing.

    I feel bad for everyone involved here and their families.

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    I agree with IWLAFART, he was doing his job. Just an unfortunate situation.
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    This is sad, but I don't think there can be any blame on the second officer. High speed chase ending in a ditch, gun shot, your partner goes down...

    You better believe he is going to return fire to end the threat. Very unfortunate sittuation, but the blame has to go on the driver who was running from the cops at high speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigstick View Post
    this is sad, but i don't think there can be any blame on the second officer. High speed chase ending in a ditch, gun shot, your partner goes down...

    You better believe he is going to return fire to end the threat. Very unfortunate sittuation, but the blame has to go on the driver who was running from the cops at high speeds.
    exactly right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigStick View Post
    This is sad, but I don't think there can be any blame on the second officer. High speed chase ending in a ditch, gun shot, your partner goes down...

    You better believe he is going to return fire to end the threat. Very unfortunate sittuation, but the blame has to go on the driver who was running from the cops at high speeds.
    I agree with this response.

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    I'd be curious to see how this plays out.
    I always wonder when people will learn to do what the cops tell you to, or bad things will happen.
    Hopefully the department, understands the justification in shooting, and will provide the officer who fired with the proper support and counseling so he can move forward from this as best as is possible.
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    I volunteer to be on any jury trying this case, Grand, Civil or Criminal.

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    Wow, intense situation for sure.
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    Don't Run

    All boils down to Do What LEO Says! Partner Down, Shots Fired, Fleeing, What else would you be expected to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by proscene View Post
    Yesterday an unfortunate scenario played our near Gallatin, TN:
    About 2:30am a police car was nearly struck head on by another vehicle. The police officer gave chase and was aided by another patrol car in the pursuit. The chase was at very high speeds until the speeder lost control of his car and went off in a ditch/ravine. The first officer on the scene rushed to the victims aid and as he slipped and fell in the ditch his fire arm discharged. The second office a few seconds behind him heard the shot, saw the officer fall and fired several times on the speeder and killed him . . . he was un armed.
    Both officers are on administrative leave pending the investigation but I have to feel badly for them anyway while trying to do their duty. Such a misfortunate situation the victim placed them both in . . . .
    Amen. I hope the Officers come out of this OK.

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    I've lost sympathy for anyone fleeing at high speeds. He probably didn't do anything that serious (ie murder, assault, etc), now he's dead. Would have paid to pull over when the cherries started flashing.
    Someone once told me (I'm sure most have heard it as well) - Those that aren't smart enough to live, die.

    Agree with a previous post - Officer should know to keep the finger off the trigger.

    I still place 99.9% of blame on the deceased. Too bad most of the sheeple will blame the officers.
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    Most unfortunate indeed!
    Be nice to have link to news report or something.
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