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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

"The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police office, you're going to get shot."

Police Raid
The police have a suspect in a murder, and they go to the address they are given, but its not the right one. They knock on the door without identifying themselves as the policy. The man inside is not sure who is there or what is going on, so he arms himself with a pistol before he opens the door.

When he opens the door, the police see a man they think is a murder suspect, with a gun. Several deputies open fire, and kill the man.

This actually happened in Florida, and the man was simply living in the same apartment complex as the real suspect, and now he's dead. Answering the door while armed is not a crime, and its not even a bad idea, depending on where you live.

The cops were not identifying themselves in the hopes of getting access to the home without spooking the suspect, but they ended up killing someone. There are policies in place to try to help prevent this, but eventually something is going to go wrong this way, and it went horribly wrong. I'm not convinced the police followed procedure correctly here; there's a good chance the deputies were wrapped a bit too tightly and clearly were too quick on the trigger.

Its one thing to be armed to protect yourself (no, cops don't have that gun to protect you, they have it to protect themselves) as the police are, but it is another to presume that you must shoot someone who has a gun out, even pointing at you. Good training should make a cop not open fire immediately when the gun is at them. That's what makes a good man with a gun, not aim and speed but the wisdom to know when to not use it.

At the same time, if you're nervous when someone is at the door, don't simply stab your gun at them when you open the door. That's taking things a bit too far and you shouldn't be shocked if you get gunned down either.

But the police are having problems with going to the wrong address - something you never see on TV or the movies - too often, and that seems like something they could be more careful with. Certainly defending your home with a weapon isn't an unreasonable thing to do, and being shot for it is totally wrong.

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