Originally Posted by Mosin
However, don't corner a cop, waving an object and act surprised when bad **** happens.
True. But as was mentioned earlier, this could VERY easily have been deescalated by simply... Pulling the wheelchair backwards.
I've suffered traumatic experiences. I don't shoot people anymore.
Some who have read my life experiences know that I've had a bad run-in with a farmer and a shovel. I have since then had pissed off people wave shovels at me. No one died.
It's called simply thinking. Asses a situation. Not everyone can make a perfect snap decision, I know I can't, and I'm sure the officer honestly thought he chose the best course of action at that moment, and I'm a firm believer in the words "he who hesitates, dies". Situational awareness is key.
The officer who did the shooting, if he simply "looked" and made himself "aware", could very easily have seen this man was a double amputee, wheelchair bound, and his partner had not drawn his weapon (or a non lethal device, assuming by lack of mention in the article). Therefore, NOT a threat to be met with deadly force.
Aye, he needs more than a thee day paid vacation. He needs a new job. I honestly wouldn't be worried about it if he'd beaned the guy on the head with a baton. But shooting? No. SA.