Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back Up Guns

A well equipped officer will wear body armor and carry a back up gun. Now the well equipped suspect will wear the same. An officer confronts a suspect in a gun battle. The suspect goes down and drops his gun. A second officer seeing the suspect has dropped his gun draws his Taser on the suspect. The suspect drew a back up gun and shot the officer.

If a suspect has deployed a firearm, then it is a reasonable assumption in my opinion to believe that they may have a second gun and to use a gun against them. There are several key issues here. The suspect had not surrendered. The suspect had used a firearm to attack police. The officer with the Taser did not have a cover officer with a firearm. If the officer wanted to use a Taser, he needed to have a officer armed with a firearm covering him.

The officer did fire the Taser but due to the body armor the suspect was not disabled. The Taser is an excellent weapon. It is not appropriate to use a Taser against a suspect armed with a firearm. It is also best to confront suspects from behind cover, if possible. Don’t underestimate suspects’ ability to harm you or another officer. Suspects often train, are determined and don’t have any rules of engagement. You have to be ready for anything, that’s what the SGT Says.


ccm2361 said...

Always have a back up. Dont leave home without it!

Never got to use a taser, as at that time only the biggest departments like LAPD had them.

Bunkermeister said...

The new Taser is much better than the old one, but it is no replacement for a gun.

Protect_and_Serve said...

An update to an old saying..."Don't bring a taser to a gun fight"

Bunkermeister said...

Very true, always one up the suspect whenever possible.