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It was bound to happen

Cameraman for the show Cops was shot and killed during a robbery. The robber had an airsoft gun and the cops fired at least 30 rounds.

16 Responses to “It was bound to happen”

  1. Paul Kisling Says:

    Surprised it did not happen sooner. Guess the Community Relations angle just took a major hit.

    OPD. We kill the criminals and everyone around them.

  2. Paul Says:

    Now the cops said the air soft ‘sounded like a gun’ when it fired. Now I really doubt that unless guns go ‘pfiitt’.

    And the cops kept shooting as the bad guy ran, thus shooting the camera man as the BG passed him.

    Now I think there is a safety rule about knowing what is behind one’s target.

    You would think also the camera man would drop to the ground when gunfire erupts.

  3. Paul Kisling Says:

    He did drop to the Ground Paul. Involuntarily.

  4. JTC Says:

    If the manager of that Wendy’s, or any business, responded to an armed robbery (even with a REAL gun pointed at him, I’ll give the cops the benefit of the doubt there, because I sure as hell wouldn’t wait to be totally sure the gun-like object pointed at me was for reals), by shooting back in the store and then chased the BG with lead through the windows and OUT the door, emptying my mag in his general direction and endangering a crowd of innocents, I would already be in the lockup and myriad charges would be pending.

    This is pretty much SOP for COPS, I took some shit from Tam a while bag for ragging on the cops that chased down and rained random lead at the lady who tried to ram the White House gates and then bumped the chief’s car trying to get away, but this kind of multiple-shooter random-fire response is pretty common; this time their luck ran out…our rather, the cameraman’s luck.

  5. JTC Says:

    *or* rather…

  6. wizardpc Says:

    This is a tragedy. I suspect there was a lot of tunnel vision and they never even saw the mic operator.

    I’m willing to give the officers involved the same benefit of the doubt the Omaha DA would give to a patron with a carry permit in the same scenario.

  7. Chris Says:

    Cops has always been one of my very favorite shows.

    This is really sad.

  8. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    This is one of those times I’m glad my adrenal glands are so FUBAR I don’t even have a “fight, flight or fuck” reaction. I just do what I gotta do, no excitement, no tunnel vision, just total Mr Spock rationality. I kinda like it now, in my old age, when both fight and flight, and for that matter fuck, are somewhat limited.

  9. wildbill Says:

    In a perfect world that cop would go to prison for murder. In America, he’ll probably get a medal.

  10. Paul B Says:

    When things go all fubarred for me time slows way down. Or at least that is the impression.

    If you get tunnel vision maybe being a cop is not such a good idea.

    Sad day for the show. I would hope Omaha would be as understanding if it was Joe Citizen that did the same thing.

  11. IllTemperedCur Says:

    Was the sound guy wearing a dog costume????

  12. Paul Says:

    Paul Kisling Says: “He did drop to the Ground Paul. Involuntarily.”

    Your right, my bad.

    30 rounds and how many hits? How many rounds hit the camera man’s vest before the one slipping through the armpit?

    Since it was in a store.. where is the video? I see alot of questions that have to be answered.

  13. Kevin Baker Says:

    Where’s the video? COPS has the video. We’ll see if it ever makes the airwaves.

  14. Kristophr Says:

    Paul: Gas blowback airsofts are made to sound and act a lot like a real pistol.

  15. LKP Says:

    Every time my agency goes on the range, whether for practice or qualification, we get a safety lecture and a use of deadly force lecture. It always includes the instruction to heed the termination of projectiles to avoid hitting innocent bystanders. It is quite possible that either somebody was grossly negligent or there was a ricochet. A big factor was the position of the victim relative to the location of the suspect and the cops. Did he get in the line of fire or did an officer just blast away without looking?

  16. TomcatTCH Says:

    I own a few gas blow backs and have done force on force with em. They sound nothing like a real gun.