I almost shot an 11 year old boy
This is the second time this month an officer on my squad/shift has almost shot a juvenile.....but this time it was me.
I was dispatched to a juvie with a gun stuck in his waistband, but was also waving it at kids at a school playground (no school day....Sunday).
As we get there the caller gives us a location where the kid went. I pull around and see both kids from the call. I park so as to use my car for cover if need be and I'm unholstering as I get out of the car, about 30 ft from the kids. One has an almost blank stare on his face and as I am raising my gun at them and giving a harsh command to get their hands up in the air, one of them pulls his hands out of his pocket with what appears to be a stainless semi-auto......and instantly drops it to the ground. I almost shot him.....was dreadfully close. I got them proned out and other officer gets there and we approach seeing they are airsoft guns.:angryfire:
We proceed to:
to say I was mad doesn't even come close
we each take one to their prospective homes and I talk to the mom of the one I almost shot, very supportive (dad, grandad, and uncle all retired LEO) she takes up the butt chewing where we left off, then I add on my own personal lecture to the kid (don't think has dad in his life) I let him know I played with toy guns, and I learned to shoot when I was five, but he has to realize why I did what I did and that he can't go walking down the street like he did because people will call in (unfortunately its not the same as when I grew up). With his face twitching, hands shaking, voice quivering, and eyes flowing tears like a hurricane he expressed that he understood and I'm pretty sure he got the hint.
I didn't let on to the kid or mom what I was feeling but lets just say after leaving the house I had to stop a few blocks away to sit for a few minutes, do some more combat breathing, and take a drink before going back to my previous call.
People......if you have kids (or know of some) that have airsoft guns PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE educate them on proper use and that they can't be paraded around and shown to friends in public like this. Times have changed since we grew up and until some of our society's views on guns in general change for the better people will call in on this stuff and responding officer's are caught in the middle.
We don't know if the gun is real or not.....this one sure did look it and I've been shooting/around guns for well over 30 years now. We don't know if the kid just killed his parents and is out roaming around, we don't know if he is just got his dad's gun out of the closet and is now going to take care of the kid he had a fight with, etc etc etc etc etc.....
Just as I told the kid....I'm going home to my family. If I wait to see a gun pointed at me and try to determine if its real or not then I'm dead.....and I won't stand for that. Please educate the kids before another horrible tragedy takes place.