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    I pasted this from another website forum. hope you enjoy it.

    They Shoot To Live...


    Father David Epps

    A few weeks ago, a rookie police officer from a north Atlanta suburb faced
    the horror dreaded by all cops and their families. The suspect, a 20
    year-old alleged deserter from the Army, fired his weapon point blank into
    the chest of the 28 year-old patrol officer. The stricken officer, protected
    from the potentially fatal round by his bullet-resistant vest, fell to the
    ground and, although suffering injury from the tremendous impact of the
    bullet, returned fire, along with another officer. In a few violent seconds,
    it was over. The fugitive from the Army will not have to be concerned about
    serving out his enlistment. He died at the scene. Once and a while, someone
    will ask, "Do the police shoot to kill?" The simple answer to that question
    is, "No." But, on the other hand, the answer is not so simple. The average
    citizen cannot possibly imagine how suddenly a routine traffic stop, warrant
    service, or interview can turn sour. In the movies, the bad guys can be seen
    planning and calculating their next move and, when the action starts, the
    cops dive for cover, call back-up, and a gun battle ensues for the next
    fifteen minutes. The cops and the bad guys chase each other through the
    streets of the city, firing scores of rounds, and, amazingly, even
    exchanging taunts.

    In real life, such a scene almost never happens,- for in real life, the
    violence explodes without warning, lasts an average of 3.5 seconds, with
    five rounds being exchanged from a distance of three to seven feet. Think
    about that... one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three . . and
    then it's over. Someone is dead or screaming in agony. If the suspect is
    down, the officer, with shaking hands, will cuff him and call for an
    ambulance. If the suspect is bleeding profusely, the officer will try to
    administer first aid and save the life of the man who just tried to kill
    him. Officers have even been known to pray at such moments, pleading with
    God to spare the assailant's life. If, on the other hand, the officer is on
    the ground, more likely than not, the suspect will walk over to him, point
    his still smoking pistol at the officer's head, and pull the trigger. He
    will then steal the officer's own weapon and flee into the night. An hour or
    two later, the chief and the chaplain will pay a dreadful visit to the
    officer's spouse and children.

    There is no time to talk the suspect down, no time to "shoot the weapon out
    of the bad guy's hand," no opportunity to carefully aim from cover and
    concealment and fire to wound. Officers are trained to aim for the "center
    mass" of the suspect's body and continue to fire until the threat is ended.
    "That cop fired nine bullets!" a civilian might protest. "He shot too many
    times! He was out to kill that guy!" You weren't there. You have no idea. It
    wasn't your life on the line. You just don't have a clue. If an officer is
    inclined to make a mistake, he or she is much more likely to hesitate to
    shoot for that all-important split-second than they are to fire prematurely.
    Most officers have strong moral codes, have an aversion to killing, became
    cops to help people, and have been well-schooled in how likely cops are to
    be sued. This hesitation may well result in the officer's death. Criminals
    who would fire on a police officer have no such moral restraints. They do
    not hesitate.

    Police officers and deputies are not trained to shoot to kill. They are
    trained to "shoot to live." They are not, regardless of how much anti-law
    enforcement types might whine, trying to take a suspect's life. They are
    simply trying, desperately, in a few terror-filled seconds, to somehow
    survive the encounter and go home to spouse and family at the end of the
    shift. They are "shooting to live."

    If they do shoot a suspect, and the criminal dies, cops are more likely than
    not to have severe depression, to experience sleepless nights, endure post
    traumatic stress, and be overwhelmed with guilt. He or she will be more at
    risk than other officers to experience a divorce, become an alcoholic, and
    take their own life. He will have had 3.5 seconds to "shoot to live" while
    the press, the public, and the courts will have years and decades to
    second-guess the officer and wonder why he didn't "shoot the gun out of the
    bad guy's hand."

    I have two sons who are on the streets as police officers. Tonight, they
    will pull over a car on some dark roadside or will investigate an alarm
    call. If the moment ever comes, which I pray it does not, I pray that they
    will respond to their training. I pray that they will not hesitate, no, not
    for one second. Then, if their life hangs in the balance, I pray that, in
    that 3.5 seconds of heart-stopping, throat-choking horror, they will "shoot
    to live."

    I pray their aim will be true. I pray they will come home to their families
    safe and uninjured. And, then, the next night, and the next, they will face
    it all over again night after night, year after year. They, and tens of
    thousands of men and women like them, are cops. It's what they do.

  • #2
    Hello crowe81,

    I can fully understand and feel what you mean. I am a ROOKIE POLICE OFFICER i dont have much cop related experiences BUT i served in my countries ARMY and fought against terrorist group called PKK. I lost my 6 friends (2 are really close) in WAR when they are at their 20's. I really feel bad when i remember that times when we are there. Its nearly 4 yrs today my duty finishes BUT i still remember the day like it happens yesterday.

    I just want to share my prayers with you and pray that GOD will save your sons and all. I hope all is going well in all their life. I just want to say that....all
    "A good cop stays a rookie at heart, excited by every shift."
    Stay Safe, @NeoCop


    • #3
      Oooppsss....LOL !!!

      I just forget that this msg is copied from another BB. Well...LOL...I am silly...working hard all day and now feeling tired. Thats why maybe i did this fault.

      Anyways...My prayers are with all police officers who sacrifices thier lives to protect the order and peace. I hope that GOD will save all of us.
      "A good cop stays a rookie at heart, excited by every shift."
      Stay Safe, @NeoCop


      • #4
        VERY poignant and true article. Thank you for sharing with us.
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