Savannah, GA. Officers make contact with suspect during a traffic stop. Suspect surreptitiously pulls his handgun (6-shot revolver) and shoots two officers almost instantly. We are looking at the action / reaction curve which is almost impossible to beat.
Big Point One: People reading this article should consider getting some professional training on the realities of the action – reaction curve. This info is more important than any plate carrier or gun. So much so, your chances of surviving a gunfight without it are very poor.
Officers Colon and Gonzales were shot and wounded. They did survive their injuries. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation processed the scene and all weapons involved and determined:
Officer Colon fired eight rounds.
Officer Gonzales fired six round.
Officer Hauber fired five rounds.
Officer Kang did not fire his weapon.
All service weapons were Glock handguns.
Suspect Tyrie Cuyler fired 3 shots.
Suspect was armed with a 6-shot S&W revolver.
Suspect was stopped for a traffic violation. Unknown to officers he was a career doper, rapist and previously charged with weapons offenses.
Big Point Two: People reading this article should not ever discount “point shooting” at extremely close ranges. It works. It always has. And always will. Practice it. It played a big factor in this incident. Did you even see the second officer get shot? Look again.
Three body cameras were recording that night. In them you can clearly see the suspect is not complying with basic requests. We call this a pre-fight indicator. Also, the video shows just how quickly these incidents happen. Finally the video proves once again that handgun bullets are not the fight stoppers your average gun forum would have you believe. Note the LEO’s were shooting duty HP ammo, in full-sized handguns. So that argument is moot as well.
Big Point Three: It is clear from the videos that any witnesses seeing this from just even a few feet away would not have been able to correctly tell investigators what happened. The average civilian would have seen a “black male running away and getting shot in the back by the police”. Thank God for body cameras.
Note to officers, if your PD doesn’t have body cam’s yet, I suggest you show this link to your command staff. Note to civilians, people get shot in the back all the time in justifiable shoots. Without body cameras, this could have easily turned into another Ferguson.
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