posted on May, 20 2013 @ 12:29 AM
My dad was a deputy sheriff back in the 1970s. He and a fellow deputy went to a robbery call at a convenience store. It was a 16 year old kid that
did the robbery. They found him, and he had a gun. They told him to drop it, and he didn't.
My dad said the kid just stood there with his head hung down while they were talking to him. Suddenly he took a deep breath and proceeded to point
the gun at the other deputy. Both my dad's and the other deputy's shots rang out at the same time and the kid was dead before he hit the ground.
The coroner would have been able to tell them which deputy's bullet actually killed the kid, but my dad and the other deputy declined that
information, for obvious reasons. They were only told that he was shot directly in the heart. My dad told me he was pretty sure it was indeed his
bullet which killed that kid because my dad was standing behind the door of his unit, directly in front of the suspect, who was facing him. The other
deputy was directly to the right of the kid, facing his right shoulder. That doesn't necessarily mean it was my dad's bullet that killed him, but
chances are it was. The other deputy ended up resigning over the incident. He just couldn't handle it. I can't remember how long my dad said he
went on leave, but he did go back to work.
There are a lot of corrupt cops out there today that kill innocent people left and right for no reason and probably experience hardly any remorse over
it. The cop from this particular story was in a very tough situation. The suspect had the victim in a headlock when he pointed his gun at the cop.
The cop had no choice. It was either the suspect or him. It's easy to want to blame him for the death of the victim, but I could not imagine being
in that kind of situation, then suddenly having a gun pointed right at you, and only having a split second to decide what to do.
Although it didn't ruin my dad's life, he did tell me he would dream about that incident every once in a while, and he thought about it sometimes.
All that kid had to do was drop his gun. Instead, he pointed it at the other deputy. Because of that stupid choice, he is now dead, and it
apparently ruined that other deputy's life (to some extent, at the very least).
And, because of this guy's stupid decision to not drop his gun when told to, that cop took his life and the innocent victim's life. Now this cop's
life is most likely ruined. I wouldn't blame the cop. I would blame the suspect. In this case, anyway (and the one I talked about).