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Another Armed Citizen saves an LEO's life

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http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=4527526

According to Col. Greg Phares, "[Mr. Stevens] orders Mr. Temple to stop and get off the officer. The verbal commands are ignored and Mr. Stevens fires four shots, all of which struck Mr. Temple."

Perry Stevens fired four shots into Temple's torso. Officer Harrison had already fired one shot into Temple's abdomen. With Temple still struggling with the officer, Perry continued to advance toward the scuffle.

"He again orders Mr. Temple to stop what he was doing and get off the officer. Those commands are ignored and he fires a fifth shot and that hits his head. The incident is over with, and as you know, Mr. Temple is dead."
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,462 Senior Member
    Good thing us armed citizens are better marksmen than the NYPD....
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,543 Senior Member
    Interesting that the commanding officers "stopped short" of saying that Mr. Stevens saved the officer's life. If the officer had already shot the suspect in the abdomen, and was now on the ground with the suspect on top of him, I'd say that officer's life was definitely in danger.


    So, anyone want to talk about the effectiveness of 4 .45 caliber shots to the torso? :troll:
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    Good thing us armed citizens are better marksmen than the NYPD....

    Makes sense in this scenario. He was stationary. You are used to shooting stationary paper at the range, anyways. :roll:

    And thank God for Perry Stevens. LEOs are not invincible and can use help sometimes, too.
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    Interesting that the commanding officers "stopped short" of saying that Mr. Stevens saved the officer's life. If the officer had already shot the suspect in the abdomen, and was now on the ground with the suspect on top of him, I'd say that officer's life was definitely in danger.


    So, anyone want to talk about the effectiveness of 4 .45 caliber shots to the torso? :troll:

    Sounds like it was from inside 15 feet. Shoulda been "one and done."
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    "Good thing us armed citizens are better marksmen than the NYPD...."

    I put in lots of time to do something about that when I had the chance....
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,557 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    "Good thing us armed citizens are better marksmen than the NYPD...."

    I put in lots of time to do something about that when I had the chance....

    Not to hijack, but...

    We've been trying to revamp our firearms training program a lot. Our problem is resistance from command staff that likes change like a hole in the head. Good on you for trying to help out the situation!
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Surprised the cop didn't then arrest Mr. Perry.
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,763 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    Surprised the cop didn't then arrest Mr. Perry.


    He would have.........but Mr. Perry reloaded. :tooth:
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  • KSDeputyKSDeputy Member Posts: 55 Member
    That is the primary reason I have always been in favor of law abiding citizens being armed. Not only did they save a peace officer's life in this instance, they save other citizen's lives as well.
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