UPDATE: We covered this two weeks ago. However, the media are beginning to report because video has been released:
Shoot First – Ask Questions Later
South Carolina – Deputy Terrance Knox, 24, stopped Bobby Canipe, 70, of Lincolnton, Tuesday night in Clover, for an expired tag.
Deputies said Canipe got out of his truck and grabbed a walking cane out of the bed of his pickup. The deputy thought the cane was a weapon.
Knox fired his gun at Canipe several times, striking him once in the stomach area. Close friends said Canipe had surgery Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and is expected to survive.
[…] Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said Knox reacted to what he thought was a threat.
“The situation is very unfortunate. It does appear at this time that Deputy Knox’s actions were an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life,” Faris said. (read more)
PREVIOUSLY – Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., a provider of shooting targets to the Department of Homeland Security and various municipalities, admitted that targets depicting pregnant women, children and older folks, were “requested” by law enforcement agencies.
Asked by Mike Riggs at Reason about the targets, the company responded:
“The subjects in NMH targets were chosen in order to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.
I found while speaking with officers and trainers in the law enforcement community that there is a hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition (one officer explaining that he enlarged photos of his own kids to use as targets so that he would not be caught off guard with such a drastically new experience while on duty).
This hesitation time may be only seconds but that is not acceptable when officers are losing their lives in these same situations. The goal of NMH is to break that stereotype on the range, regardless of how slim the chances are of encountering a real life scenario that involves a child, pregnant woman, etc. If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.” (read more)
Here is the older man in the “No Hesitation” target:
Again, here is the picture of 70-year-old Bobby Canipe:
… If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.” (link)
ANY QUESTIONS ?