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Reply to "NYPD investigates how cop shot off-duty colleague"

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But because the shooting cop felt it was necessary to fire 6 times


Have you ever shot a handgun in a stressful situation? 6 shots isn't that much. Also, actual police training says you don't stop firing until you neutralize the "threat" (i.e. until you know the person is dead/lifeless).

Technically, a person can still move, even continue to attack, after gunshots. They have to bleed out first.

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And calling the 'official cause of death' a bullet to the chest when the bullet that actually killed him entered through his back doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, either.


I don't know how there is an "official cause of death" that's different from whatever the medical examiner determines... Maybe the shotty news story is referring to what NYPD said or what they thought was said about the cause of death confusing or not knowing which was the entrance vs. exit wound from the gun shot.

I'd like to know where all 6 shots entered/exited.

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Firing 6 times means that you are shooting to kill. Period.


Huh? Confused

The police described a clear "shoot to kill" situation especially if they actually didn't know Edwards was a police officer. Police have no duty or obligation to shoot one or two shots at a person pointing a gun at them, let alone to take shots from someone pointing a gun at them. In fact, most police training drill 3 shots as a minimum (2 to the chest, 1 to the head).

I'm sure that's basically goes right out the window in a lot of high stress shooting situations like the one described (a chase scenario that resulted in quick gun-to-gun confrontation vs. a negotiation type scenario). So, again, I don't see 6 shots as necessarily excessive or indicative of anything but, perhaps, the shooting officer trying to protect himself...

Police should, however, know who their fellow officers are.
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