I am glad that it has turned out for everyone. Regardless of the outcome Jeff has had a piece of his soul taken by the actions of the guy he had to shoot. Every time I see either fire or police personnel I wish them a quiet shift and to get home safely. It's the best blessing they can get.
To see the picture of that guy, pointing his handgun at Jeff,, was very chilling to me.
There was a little bit more this evening on the local news. Apparently, the suspect was on the side of the road, Jeff stopped to do an assist. The suspect had been drinking,, and when Jeff asked him for his ID or whatever,, he went back to his car & came out with the gun.
It goes to show you how fast something seemingly simple, can go real bad in a very quick moment.
When I see cop haters & such,, I think of things like this. And I ask myself; "If you hate cops so much, you go through the same training, and then you go do their job, and then find yourself in their predicament, and see how you do. See if you like it that someone hates you enough to want to kill you, just because of your job, and targets you JUST because you are wearing a uniform."
What really bugs me is even in as clear a case as this the prosecutor sounds like he has to explain his actions. Not sure when the determination was made, ut anything more than a second after he saw the video he should have been on TV praising the officers actions.
And even though the criminals family saw the video and "understood", you can bet some sleaze bag lawyer will convince them to file suit.
Having a couple of kids in law enforcement makes me prejudice if so, so be it.
Then again the wonderful parole board, courts and our governor just released a criminal from prison. Heck all the poor little misunderstood sadist did was butcher a couple in their home.
"What really bugs me is even in as clear a case as this the prosecutor sounds like he has to explain his actions."
In NC,, the law states that any officer involved shooting requires an investigation. It's to assure that even LEO's do not abuse the legal system.
BUT,,, this particular case,, it was a very quick & easy investigation. In fact,, the DA in that County, is known to be soft on petty crimes & criminals, and in an area that's quite "liberal" so to speak, shut down the investigation pretty quickly. Even advising the SBI to close the case. Even to him, it was a very clear case of a suspect trying to kill the NCHP officer. And NC law clearly states there is a right to self defense, and in the DA's own words, "Even LEO's have that right."
He did mention that the body cam video was shared with the suspects family. And they agreed that the suspect was totally wrong.
When you have been trained, you act as you have been trained, that shuts down the "oh woe is me" attitude. I have a belief in our LEO's, and I am pretty sure Jeff will be A OK, because of a robust support system in his agency, family's and friends, such as Contender.