Tuesday, August 5, 2008

collateral damage

Let's imagine for a moment that, while involved in a dangerous situation, I heard gunfire, saw something or someone moving in the shadows and blindly fired three shots in that direction...

...only to find out that I had accidentally shot and killed an unarmed woman while she was holding her one year old infant, also injured during the shooting.

Would I go to jail?

Not if I was a cop.

(Perhaps he'll get a stern lecture on the 4 Rules. At the very least.)

11 comments:

Jay G said...

Sadly, this kind of "mistake" (and it's no mistake) is far too common...

Bob said...

Jeff Cooper was fond of pointing out that FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi got away with the same murderous act, so it's not as if it's a new phenomenon.

Mike W. said...

In states like DE, with no civil immunity you'd not only go to jail, but you'd probably have most of your assets taken from you in a civil suit.

Sadly the woman's family probably won't be able to sue the police.

Jeffrey Quick said...

He didn't break Rule 4! He was sure it wasn't a cop! What more did he need to know?

It was a career move. Lon Horiuchi has to retire sometime.

redneckinny said...

Print this story and keep it in your wallet/purse for when you do need to shoot blindly and need a legal precedent to defend your case.

Robert said...

The LEO community has ruined their legitimacy and reputation with this kind of stuff. The POLICE should have been first in line to hang this guy out to dry.

Xavier said...

Unfreakin'believable

Mulligan said...

Seems like a textbook example of a 4-rules violation to me. The sort of thing responsible gun owners strive to avoid. This officer should be promoted to desk duty and reprimanded at a minimum.

on the flip side, I don't have a huge amount of sympathy for someone living with a drug dealer.

Mulligan said...

Seems like a textbook example of a 4-rules violation to me. The sort of thing responsible gun owners strive to avoid. This officer should be promoted to desk duty and reprimanded at a minimum.

on the flip side, I don't have a huge amount of sympathy for someone living with a drug dealer.

mattcaron said...

A couple of thoughts:

- This is one of the reasons I oppose the war on drugs. In a similar vein, I oppose the 1934 NFA. Both Ruby Ridge and Waco started over UNPAID TAXES on NFA regulated arms. Not worth the money.

- I bet the Brady Campaign will count this as an "accidental gun death".

mattcaron said...

A couple of thoughts:

- This is one of the reasons I oppose the war on drugs. In a similar vein, I oppose the 1934 NFA. Both Ruby Ridge and Waco started over UNPAID TAXES on NFA regulated arms. Not worth the money.

- I bet the Brady Campaign will count this as an "accidental gun death".