I'm aware they're under pressure. I'm sure none of us could even comprehend what that feels like. Yes, I've played paintball too. I've also shot walther p38s, shotguns, and a long range remmy rifle. Ooooh and then there's the bows and whatnot. Yes, I grew up in a shitty fishing/logging town with brothers, how redneck. I know all about focus, trajectory calculating and breathing. Its tough as fuck to do if you/something is moving but that doesn't mean its not possible. Thats what you know... all that training is for.
Then again the marksman training that municipal police must get in comparison to a trained SWAT member is yet to be determined. When I lived in CR the house next to me was going to be torn down and the SWAT guys used it to train hostage scenarios for a week. I'd assume they train regularly whereas my uncle (rcmp) said he only received basic training before he was dispatched.
Its not the movies, but properly trained marksman can normally shoot to kill, or shoot to disable. A shot to an extremity that hits a major artery, say the femoral artery in the thigh/groin will still cause you to bleed out and die in 10 minutes, but in all liklihood they'd be injured and survive. Hell even a shot to the lower abdomen and not upper torso would give a decent survival rate.
Point is, you don't know if they were in range, or what ideal range was... aaaaanyways. This whole thing is a tragedy. Death always is. It'll be interesting to see how this unfolds..
"Menzies claimed he then saw one officer fire three or four shots, which caused the man to fall, followed by a brief pause and then more shots fired once the man was on the ground."
Great, shoot him while he's down.
And this isn't an isolated incident either. This is the 3rd recent case that someone has died possibly due to excessive force.
"It follows a number of incidents in the province, including one early this year when Victoria police shot and killed John Seguin, 37, after a high-speed chase. Another was the controversial shooting death of 22-year-old Ian Bush in a Houston RCMP interview room in 2005."
Oh and, no police officers were killed, but seeing as one of their own was knocked unconscious I had see why they would have reacted with emotion as opposed to objectivity. Then again knowing our justice system the now deceased probably would have gotten 14 months in jail and a slap on the wrist for assaulting an officer. Non the less he didnt deserve to die.
"Last Monday at about 9:30 p.m., Vancouver police responded to a call of a fight in which two men were allegedly assaulting a third person.
Police Chief Chu said that after officers arrived at the scene they were attacked by one man who was swinging a chain. One officer was hit in the head, knocking him unconscious, before police opened fire."
Yeah its long as fuck, but since it appears that non of you actually read what happened I thought I'd post exerts.