Thursday, October 8, 2015


Officers walk up the stairs and are confronted by a man with a gun who shoots the first officer walking up the stairs.  The officers perform a tactical retreat.  There are at least four officers on scene and they call for more help.

The officers go back upstairs with the officer who was shot in the lead of the group.  They get to the top of the stairs and stop and negotiate with him.  The man pulls up the gun and the officers shot him to death.  It was ruled a justified shooting.  Were there other options?

The officers may have wanted to deploy a shotgun or patrol rifle before they returned to the top of the stairs.  I would not have let the wounded officer return, he had already been shot and while apparently not disabled, he certainly would have been upset to say the least.  These officers did a good job, but we should always look for learning opportunities; that's what the SGT Says.

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