North Miami Beach Police Shoot Man who Appeared To Carry Rifle
September 01, 2011
Police shot and killed a man they believed to be carrying a gun Wednesday evening through a residential neighborhood in North Miami Beach.
Officers encountered the man near Northeast 155th Terrace and 14th Avenue. They had gone there, shortly after 5:15 p.m., in response to calls from people saying a man was walking around with a rifle, said North Miami Beach police spokeswoman Maj. Kathy Katerman. The gun recovered from the scene appears to be a BB gun.
Source: Miami Herald
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Tom @ 9/1/2011 11:01 AM
Too many articles have misleading headlines that try to give an impression that the subject shot was just minding his own business when shot by the trigger happy cop. I suspect that is the case here.
Rick @ 9/2/2011 12:11 PM
LEO's definately need to be careful not to shoot someone for just having a BB gun as the article suggests, but if the suspect is non-compliant and uses the "weapon" in a threatening manner, how is an officer supposed to determine if the weapon is a pellet gun. If the suspect places himself in that situation, he/she has a choice, continue their behavior that they should reasonable know is going to get them shot or comply with the LEO's directives.
Hugh @ 9/2/2011 8:57 PM
Really! Have you used some of the pellet rifles lately! .22 caliber. That is more than enough to be deadly! Even at a distance. If you second guess yourself you may become the statistic.
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