off-duty officer savor
by sherifs on February 7, 2014 - 12:32am
In an article I’ve read recently written by three Chicago tribune journalist, called “Police: off-duty officer fatally shoots robbery suspect at Walgreens”, the authors describe how an off-duty police killed a 56 years old robbery suspect in a store. The officer first went into Walgreens to withdraw money at the ATM machine while his wife and child were in the car, he sees a suspect scene where the cashier is emptying the money putting it into a bag for a man standing in front of her. Afterwards the officer immediately went to the thief identified himself as a police officer and told him to get on the ground, as he laid down the officer saw him turning to reach for something in his pocket. He shot at him nervously, after the investigators arrived they found a semi-automatic riffle in his pocket; he had been shot to the upper body and died quickly at the hospital. The same criminal, who weighed 300 pounds, had already robbed the shop earlier that year and did approximately five in the neighborhood recently.
On another hand a few concerns remain, the officer was off-duty, what if the thief did not even have a weapon, he killed him, are there other ways to stabilize the criminal. All these rhetorical questions clearly shows that yes there are a lot of improvement such as better equipment, a different protocol on how to deal with each situation, bullets that hurt severally rather than those who kill for example. This case is very similar to my recent post concerning the little judgment shown by the authorities.