posted on Dec, 1 2009 @ 04:40 PM
Let's see, perp was shot in the torso at close range with a police service revolver selected for its stopping power, presumably.
The perp is without genuine medical attention and is on the run for two days, bleeding from his injuries.
Cop ids suspect on a dark street, feels threatened, kills him.
If I assume the cop hasn't heard about the wound, I'd have to assume the police department failed to update the department on its primary case and
the cop involved hadn't been listening to the news or radio or anything, both hard to believe.
I can assume he heard about it but hadn't thought through the implications and used that as a brake on his actions, due to being in an emotional
state. That is certainly more believable, and understandable from a humanist point of view.
However, it speaks poorly of the degree of training and discipline extent within this particular department, irrespective of any other professional
negatives. Proper training teaches you to check your emotions at the door and focus on the unembellished situation. See what is, what might be,
and what your options are within milliseconds, then act accordingly. And a lot of times acting accordingly means no action at this time. Proper
training gives you the confidence (in equipment, training, and self) necessary for careful patient observance, allowing time to pass uneventfully
until the least violent option presents itself. Least violent may still mean him dead, not you, but still.
My point is that everything points to either the suspect was the perp, in which case he was most likely on the verge of collapse due to no rest on top
of an untreated gunshot wound from a high power weapon, and therefore most unlikely to have presented an imminent threat, or he was moving as an
unwounded person and was therefore not the perp.
I believe that a properly trained law enforcement officer would have, should have thought this out in advance and tempered his fears and behavior
accordingly. The accounts I read indicate the suspect was moving away from, not towards, the shooter, and given the factors I've cited, I think this
was more a revenge killing than law enforcement.
But the bigger issues remain.
Something's still not right here.
[edit on 1-12-2009 by apacheman]