Monday, August 11, 2014

Bank Robbery

http://www.lawofficer.com/article/news/violence-chase-highlights-stoc

There is no requirement that you give up your life on the job.  Certainly police work comes with a certain element of risk, and it cannot be eliminated.  Still, you don't have to knowingly allow yourself to be killed without taking some action to prevent your death.

In this incident, armed suspects were shooting a rifle and handguns at police and civilians.  They had a hostage.  Officers were in harms way, police cars were hit with bullets.  Officers had shot out the tires on the getaway car and still the suspects ran.  Obviously these were dangerous men.

The suspects continued to shoot at officers and eventually officers came to the decision that they needed to return fire.  Knowing full well that the hostage would be endangered and could be harmed, even killed if the officers missed, or that the suspects might kill her.  In this instance the officers killed two suspects and captured the third, unharmed.  The hostage was killed, possibly by police.  No officer wanted her harmed, and they placed their lives at risk to save her, but the suspects were very bad men who cared nothing for her safety and so she was killed in the exchange of gunfire.  Don't blame the officers, they were just doing the best they could do under impossible circumstances; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

"The hostage was killed, possibly by police"

I disagree. The suspects killed the hostage, regardless of whose bullet hit her. Practically and legally, the suspects are responsible for the hostage's death.

Mike Creek said...

You are of course correct, the criminals are the ones responsible. It is their actions that precipitated the ladies death.
Bunkermeister

Protect_and_Serve said...

"You are of course correct"

Having one of my mentors say that makes me feel warm and fuzzy in all the right places.

Mike Creek said...

Thank you.
Bunkermeister