Two guys in a car that was reportedly stolen in an armed carjacking. The cops do a high risk stop and notice that the driver has a gun in his waistband. They tell him to drop to the ground. He reaches for the gun, gets ventilated, then it turns out that the gun was a toy.
Some say that the cops overreacted, the guy heard “drop” and went to pull the pistol out to drop it on the ground when they were quick to shoot him. I think, “Don’t carjack people at knifepoint and carry a toy gun around in your waistband” What do you think?
J. Smith · May 26, 2023 at 12:21 pm
My guess he got a “needs improvement” in grade school in the follows directions category. Failure to follow instructions and attention to detail gets people killed again…justified. Intent, opportunity and capability.
exile1981 · May 26, 2023 at 12:26 pm
I went and read the news story which has a pic of the gun. I noticed the bright orange tip had been painted black. That means the idiot wanted people to think it was real and likely had or was going to use it in a crime.
The fact that the cop had no way to know it was not real wont matter to the rabid nuts, but he did the correct thing in shooting him for drawing what was meant to appear as a real gun.
Matthew · May 26, 2023 at 12:35 pm
The way I read this is that he reached for it because he heard “GUN! GUN! Drop down to the ground now”. He was trying to cooperate, he was about to drop the gun to the ground as he believed he was instructed.
These officers were too keyed up I think.
Scot Irish · May 26, 2023 at 5:01 pm
A good rule of thumb is to always consider the cops are keyed up.
Why is numbnuts carrying a toy gun?
TCK · May 27, 2023 at 1:41 am
Why was he carrying a realistic looking toy gun in a manner consistent with how a real gun would likely be carried by a criminal?
No idea, I mean it’s not like criminals ever rob people with toy guns that look real enough to intimidate.
Wendy · May 27, 2023 at 2:16 am
Well, let us assume the “worst” from the “keyed up” police – that whatever he did after he left the house with a full size metal replica gun in his waistband and got stopped by the police in a high risk traffic stop that once the police saw the gun in his waistband he was going to get shot to death no matter what he did.
I’m sorry, but I don’t see that as a problem at all.
Zarba · May 26, 2023 at 12:40 pm
Sammy's Serf Plantation · May 26, 2023 at 1:21 pm
Last winter in Capitol City a jacker was ventilated at a gas station but the driver/shooter had previously jacked the same vehicle and had active warrants.
How bout that Great Society!
Si se puede!
Aesop · May 26, 2023 at 4:32 pm
Absolutely justified shoot.
Public service at its finest.
Reach for a real-looking toy gun with multiple police officers pointing guns at you, get real bullets in response.
No better way of educating idiots in existence.
Gerry · May 27, 2023 at 8:59 am
The instructions could have been clearier, DON”T MOVE, but all in all a happy ending.
Jonesy · May 27, 2023 at 2:12 pm
I don’t understand the mentality where people decide to commit felonies, and in doing so, make a second conscious decision to use a fake gun while doing so.
Maybe it is as simple as they would have used a real gun if they had access. Either way, asking cops to try to figure that out in a slit second and apply a different response is a bit too much.