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The medical examiner found 43 bullet wounds in his chest, face, arms, hands, legs, buttocks and groin. Police contend Heyward was a danger to others and threatened the six officers.
Police accounts and a patrol car video indicate the shots were fired in three volleys, all within 30 seconds. Each officer used a .45-caliber pistol. Some officers emptied their magazines, reloaded and fired again, while others didn't fire all their bullets, Weary said.
"We are saying that our people did what we trained them to do," the chief said.
Amanda Counts, Heyward's girlfriend, and neighbor Darrell Turner said they witnessed the shooting. They said Heyward was lying on the porch on top of the rifle when officers opened fire.
"Before the first shot was fired he was down," Counts said. "Not one time did he threaten anyone."
'Why are you shooting me?'
Citing the ongoing investigation, police declined to answer questions about Heyward's position when officers started shooting. Counts and Turner both said that during the first brief interruption in the barrage of police gunshots, they heard Heyward ask, "Why are you shooting me?"
That cannot be heard in the recording provided by police.
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by Aggie Man
Unless he was a body builder hopped up drugs, only one shot should be needed to have him on the ground. Not necessarily to kill him however.. but the .45 is a powerful slug. It's penetration power isn't very good, but even armored targets will be knocked to the ground by the kind of force these generate.
It's beyond excessive.
Why do police shoot so many bullets? I know they are trained to kill, but 3 bullets should be more than enough, especially from a .45.