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Atlanta Cop Struck Suspect with Service Weapon

January 28, 2013  | 

An Atlanta Police officer rushing to the aid of a fellow officer who had been shot in the face said he struck the suspect with his service pistol because he feared for his life, reports the Associated Press.

Police arrested 20-year-old Frank Nance on Jan. 11 shortly after rookie Officer Reginald Robinson was shot in the face. Nance reportedly suffered a seizure after Officer Andre Bent struck him with the pistol.

In a police report obtained by the AP, Officer Bent wrote that when he confronted Nance, the suspect raised his left hand.

"I then felt scared for my life and for my fellow officers on the scene. So therefore having fear for my life I then came up with my service weapon and hit the suspect in the face," Bent wrote. "As a result my service weapon accidentally discharged once toward the sky."

Tags: Atlanta PD, Use-of-Force Policies, Physical Confrontations


Comments (9)

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Capt David-Ret LA County @ 1/28/2013 5:33 PM

sounds good to me..

William322 @ 1/28/2013 6:35 PM

Yeah ? So then what is the point here ? Sounds okay to me,also.

Doc @ 1/28/2013 7:49 PM

While it may not have been very safe, that guy had just shot another officer in the face, and officer survival comes first.......... and the Violent Criminal always needs to come in last. I'm glad that no other officers got hurt, so it's better safe than sorry, Good Job and keep up the good work.

Larry @ 1/28/2013 8:14 PM

Aaaaaaand Holster,the only thing better would have been shooting him.

Dan @ 1/29/2013 4:13 AM

Sounds like a good blocking manuever to me. Just forgot to keep his finger on the frame in the safety position!

martyb @ 1/29/2013 8:28 AM

It would have been better if the officer had hit the suspect several times with the bullets in his weapon... But if he was able to stop the perp from hurting the other office with a knock to the noggin with his service pistol then I'm OK with that.

Sky @ 1/29/2013 10:36 AM

I don't understand why this made the news, he stopped the shooter by using less than lethal, a gun strike to the face. It sounds like he did what he thought was right at the time. He is not an executioner. I hope the officer shot is okay and fully recovers. Good job.

bpd3733 @ 1/29/2013 11:35 AM

Good Job! The kid owes the officer a Thank You for not shooting and killing him.

Jim A @ 1/29/2013 1:02 PM

So let me understand this. The suspect shot another officer in the face. The second officer feared for his life, so hit the suspect in the face with an "impact weapon", though an odd impact weapon. Sounds reasonable. It would have sounded reasonable if officer #2 had shot the suspect. So, what is the problem.

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