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  • matefrio

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    Good shoot.

    Police Shooting Caught on Video | Gun Safety Blog

    Normal warnings and such for real situation.


    The prosecuting attorney in neighboring Bonner County reviewed an Idaho State Police investigation into the Aug. 25, 2013, shooting and concluded that Johnston, a 35-year-old Dalton Gardens resident, appeared intent on "suicide by cop" and that no charges should be filed against Mortensen.

    The officer's body camera footage shows a tense confrontation between the officer and Johnston, who had just fled a nearby car accident and was inside a friend's apartment. Mortensen entered the apartment looking for Johnston after learning Johnston was upset and had the knife. In fact, Johnston was holding two knives.

    "Put the knife down, now," Mortensen said as he pointed his gun at the man. "Put it down. I'm serious. Put the knives down."

    Mortensen then radioed for help: "I need you in this house right now."

    Johnston, who was standing in the kitchen, began to walk slowly toward the officer, prompting Mortensen to warn, "I will shoot you."

    Four more times Mortensen yelled for Johnston to put the knives down as the man continued to walk toward the officer. Then he fired five times from a few feet away, and Johnston crumpled to the floor.

    Mortensen and other officers approached the apartment at 1422 E. Young Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. that Sunday looking for Johnston, who had driven his pickup truck into a utility pole, knocking it over, a half-hour earlier about a block away.
     
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    TX69

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    Armchair quarterback thinks five shots was touch excessive.
     

    karlac

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    Armchair quarterback thinks five shots was touch excessive.

    I personally don't think that is the case. When deadly force is clearly justified, as this was, it damned well better be applied until the threat is stopped. In this case, with a knife threat, that may have been when the wielder actually hit the ground, but maybe not. The man was clearly standing through all shots. Judging from the video, I thought the policemen showed remarkable restraint, even compassion, and handled himself as well as anyone could under the circumstances. My hats off to him for his appropriate action.
     

    jordanmills

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    Good restraint showed by the officer. Looks like he did just about everything he could to keep the guy alive, putting out an urgent call for backup, and delaying/retreating as the guy advanced, even to the point of retreating to where he had an unknown person at his back. Unfortunate outcome, but there wasn't much else he could have done.
     
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