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Hampton Police Chief Charles R. Jordan Jr. has backed the two officers involved in the shooting, saying the case appears to be a justified act of self-defense.
"The investigation thus far supports the actions of the officers," Jordan said Saturday. "They were met with deadly force and had no alternative other than to return fire."
HAMPTON — A friend of the Hampton man shot and killed during a police raid at his house Saturday said he thinks the 69-year-old man opened fire on officers because he was startled and thought they were criminal intruders.
William A. Cooper had poor eyesight because of cataracts and would often sleep late, said Richard Zacharias, 58, a retired NASA employee who was renting a trailer home from Cooper and planned to buy it from him.
"People around here sleep with a gun beside their bed because of all the home invasions we've had," Zacharias said. "The guy was a nice guy. The guy was a good guy."
Both of those factors, Zacharias said, might have caused him not to realize that it was the police that were in his home at 10 a.m.
Originally posted by kro32
Once again people are taking this way out of context.
Taking from the op's sources.
The raid happened at 10 a.m.
There was a search warrant issued.
It was not a no-knock search warrant.
The police did knock and identify themselves before entry.
They were meant with deadly force
They responded per regulations
So what is the problem?
Originally posted by Adyta
Also, I like how the second article spun it at the end there, trying to make the victim look like a degenerate drunk with a gambling problem.
Really though, so what if he was? Degenerate drunk gamblers don't deserve it either. There is nothing gained from this kind of police action.
I dated a girl whose mother would sell off some of her morphine to make ends meet. I don't agree with it, but when it comes down to survival, you gotta do what you can. This lady was a bible-beating Christian and a great mother; she knew what she was doing was wrong, but she needed to feed her family. They could never even keep a low-income apartment for a 6-month lease... People like that need help, not bullets.edit on 6-7-2011 by sine.nomine because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Hillbilly123069
Personal eyewitness statement:
Jesse Pittman, was working on the air conditioning unit on the roof of the Living Water Tabernacle Baptist Church at 1612 Kecoughtan Road, about three properties away from the house that was raided, on Saturday morning when he saw a large white, unmarked van pull up in Clifton Street.
He said about five or six police officers got out of the van and KICKED in the door of a house. “I just heard shots. I can’t say how many,” he said."
Local news source:
www.wtkr.com...edit on 6-7-2011 by Hillbilly123069 because: (no reason given)