statm1, on 08 October 2012 - 02:55, said:
Did the officer forget that he could of shot the guy in the feet or arms or aimed for the shoulders. Eventually no matter what drugs hes on he won't have the ability to get up. Instead he went straight for the deadly shot......
They are trained NOT to do that.
When an Officer pulls a gun, unless they are SWAT or otherwise specially trained, their are to shoot center mass (chest), and normally in a burst of 2-3 shots.
It offers the best chance of rendering the target innert.
A gun is for deadly force, not for trying to hit feet and such.. Not to mention, shoot at the foot, miss, it deflects off the concret and hits someone, and the world goes nuts too.. No, you shoot at the target, in the place with the best chance to Hit the target.
JaredFrost, on 08 October 2012 - 03:52, said:
Of course they have training, the training is to shoot for center mass, how different would the story be if he aimed for the leg, missed 5 times, finally hit him and meanwhile
5 other bullets ricocheted, maybe hitting someone else minding their own business in their dorm room.
Firearms are used for deadly force, period. I was also arguing he chose the wrong option, but he performed the wrong option correctly.
Not to mention the arteries, in your legs especially, will kill you just as well as a center mass shot..
You'd make it if you were next to a hospital maybe, but short of that you'll bleed out before an ambulance will even get turned in your direction.
Oh and one last thing.. ever fired a handgun ?
They are not the most accurate weapon even in ideal conditions... add a heart rate, adrenaline, and any kind of distance at all, and hitting something like a foot becomes a very low-chance shot for most officers. Police, at least most, are far from the best shots. They CAN shoot at a range, and meet a minimum standard, but in most cases, they are outclassed by most hunters, hobbyist, etc. You don't want them taking that shot..
Now give them a rifle, a scope, and some more training, like SWAT gets, then ya, the risk might be worth it. But for beat cops with a sidearm, no..