California Officer Shoots Hostage Taker
May 03, 2011
A Marietta (Calif.) Police officer shot a hostage taker who had forced a couple into an apartment at gunpoint, following a stand-off with the two officers who responded to the call.
Three armed robbers had forced the couple into a Marietta apartment. When a Marietta officer arrived, one of the suspects had taken a hostage. The officer gave the suspect lawful commands to drop the weapon and release the hostage. When the man refused, the officer shot him.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
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DJ @ 5/3/2011 10:25 PM
I say good job. We need to do this more often. Officers talk hostage takers and other offenders down to the point where they're apprehended. This is a great example of why not to talk them down; if they refuse, they had their chance. In the long run, it saves money for the state (court costs, jail cost, etc.), it will slowly decrease prison population, and in the end there will be one less violent offender. Now make you comments.....
Morning Eagle @ 5/4/2011 12:27 AM
Perhaps if more hostage situations could be ended like this one was instead of hours or in some cases, days of "negotiations" there would be a decrease in this type of crime. If perpetrators knew that after refusal to surrender upon command they would be subject to being killed without further warning, maybe they would think twice before creating the situation in the first place. Good job MPD!
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