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Video: Philadelphia Officer Praised for Not Shooting AR-Wielding Man

December 19, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Philadelphia Officer Praised for Not Shooting AR-Wielding Man

Philadelphia police say Officer Kollin Berg of the 39th District was on patrol alone Wednesday when he heard 10 to 15 gunshots in rapid succession.

He came up 20th and saw a man police now identify as 39-year-old Eric Barnes firing the assault rifle into the air.

Police say he'd already fired off 30 rounds and had a dozen more ready.

Officer Berg approached with his weapon drawn.

"I immediately announced 'police, drop the weapon.' About the second time I yelled it, he was just looking over his right shoulder. As he looked over his right shoulder, I was in 8 to 10 feet of him. I think he realized me coming out of nowhere, I had the drop on him and he immediately dropped his weapon," Berg said.

"I think it's an example of unbelievable restraint on the part of the officer." Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told WPVI TV.

On Thursday, Officer Barnes received high praise from the top brass for neutralizing the situation and for saving lives including the suspect's.

Comments (7)

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sherry @ 12/20/2014 6:24 AM

Now that is an Officer that thought before using his gun. So proud to see this take place. Let this be a lesson to all Officers on the job. Give this man a raise.

Tyson @ 12/20/2014 7:39 AM

This is great thinking and actions, well done

Jingcha @ 12/20/2014 2:16 PM

@ sherry: the cop followed the rules and the gunman surrendered. If the gunman did otherwise I'm sure the cop would defend himself. Then you would be another protester. Do not speak of things you don't understand and get off this site. That said, I'm eternally grateful the cop lived. The way this world is headed I think it's time the shepherds let the sheep be slaughtered by the wolves. You want to revolt? Fine. But you shall not be saved.

Jingcha @ 12/20/2014 10:28 PM

Dear police mag, someone is saying a bunch of crap using my screen namely order to get a rise out of me. Please remove them. Thank you and sorry for the trouble.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/20/2014 11:54 PM

Good Job Officer Barnes!

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/20/2014 11:57 PM

Sorry I got the names mixed up the Officer was Berg. My bad. Good Job Officer Berg!

Lt Dan @ 12/22/2014 8:09 AM

8 years military. 6 as police. I SURE HOPE that his 8 to 10 feet away plan involved use of cover.

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