Originally Posted by sharky
What happened to shoot to disarm .. that used to be the training that cops got...
Try just for one moment to put yourself in the officers' shoes:
You've been sitting outside this home for three hours attempting to negotiate with the individual inside. Not only is he not complying, he's been taking potshots at any cop he can see. You have no idea who he will shoot at next, or if he will hit anyone. It's hot, you're tense, and he's crazy.
Then he says he's coming out. You already know he has a gun, and he's not afraid to use it against you because of who you are. So even if he says he's surrendering you have to wonder, since he's already proven he's crazy, if he's telling the truth.
He comes out, carrying a toddler in one hand and that gun in the other. He levels the gun to take another shot or four at you or one of your co-workers. Your training says you should do everything you can to neutralize the threat - the gun, but your body is telling you this man is the threat, and he is going to kill YOU.
With all due respect, I don't know anyone who could keep steady enough to aim to "disarm" - at some point the body's defenses take over. YES, police are trained to neutralize a threat, but after 3+ hours of stress and heat and irrational behavior by the suspect, the best that we can hope for is that each officer did his utmost to protect the public. They are still HUMAN, fallible creatures subject to fatigue and duress.
And let's not forget, we STILL don't know whose
bullet killed that little girl.