Wednesday, October 1, 2014


An officer responded to a report of an armed suspect and finds a man matching the description in a parking lot, in the daytime.  The officer approaches the suspect with his gun drawn.  The suspect has his back to the officer and his hand at his waistband.  The suspect refuses the officers orders to stop and then suddenly, does stop, turns around and pulls his hands out of his waistband.  The officer shoots twice and kills the suspect.  The shooting was ruled justifiable and I agree with that assessment.

Still, I think it is important to consider every officer involved shooting to discover best practices that could have been employed to make the officer, the public, and even the suspect safer, or to end the deadly force incident faster.

The officer seemed to have driven up rather close to the suspects location.  He may have been better off to have stopped a short distance away, observed and waited for back up.  He may have been better off to stop farther back and use the extra time to deploy his shotgun or patrol rifle since he was responding to a report of an armed man; that's what the SGT Says.

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