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The way Chris Burdon's family sees it, police killed an innocent man May 12 for no good reason.
Burdon, 39, a diabetic since age 8, was apparently suffering from low blood sugar when he fired his handgun - three quick shots - to get help, the family says.
The police say they shot a man who was waving a gun, pointing it at officers and refusing to follow their commands.
"Every (news) article so far has said my brother was shooting at the police," Adam Burdon said. He said that is preposterous.
"My brother had an AR-15 (assault rifle) at home. If he really wanted to kill people he would have taken that and shot all the people he wanted to," he said.
Adam, Bill, 41, and Tom, 43, all say they are certain Chris, an avid outdoorsman, fired three rounds into the air in a hunter's SOS call as he fell into hypoglycemic shock. The shell casings were found in the dirt by officers and police could find no evidence any structures in the area were hit, according to police reports.
"He's never acted violently toward anybody," Adam said. "What the police said makes our family look bad."
Police reports said Burdon had removed the clip from the gun and laid it on the floor of the sand rail before he got out and started staggering around.
The gun still had one round in it, but it couldn't be fired without the clip. It's a safety feature of that weapon, Adam Burdon said.
Police had no way of knowing that, Robinson said.
Police reports show that while Burdon was seated in the dirt with his back to Campos, appearing disoriented and holding a gun, the officer fired five times, hitting him in the arm, back and head, shattering his skull.
"The subject made an aggressive movement with the gun and officers shot the suspect," one officer wrote in his report on the shooting.
"In my opinion, what I get from people who are telling me he was stumbling, falling down on his head and dropping his gun, he must have been going into diabetic shock. There's no question in my mind about it," said Adam Burdon, 35, one of Chris' three brothers.
"Every (news) article so far has said my brother was shooting at the police,"
A few hours after the shooting, the Pima County Attorney's Office determined the killing by Campos was a "justifiable homicide," a County Attorney's Office official said.
Campos was cleared after the shooting to return to work.
Originally posted by Kryties
I feel sick to my stomach.
One thing that irks me most about hearing these incidents is knowing that the police involved would have been told they did nothing wrong, that they were in the right according to the rules they follow. Yet those rules get an innocent person killed and the killer thinking he was right to do it.
I want off this planet.
Originally posted by DYepes
It did not take the officer five shots to hit him. He got him five times, in different parts of the body. The man was flailing about, so each shot is not going to be where it was pointed at.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by VIKINGANT
there is no such thing as a ` disabling shot ` - if you shoot some one - you shoot to kill
Originally posted by DYepes
Did you even know what a hunters distress signal was until you read the article? I gaurantee that was not on anyones mind when the shots were fired.