The Philadelphia Police are taking heat, even some from their own commissioner, for shooting 85 rounds into a crazed man who was waving a gun at police.
“I am concerned about the number of shots fired,” Johnson said in a phone interview yesterday.
The city’s top cop, with 44 years on the job, said he wants to know “what can we do in this type of situation.”
He added: “You shoot to minimize a threat.”
Police said the gunman, Steven “Butter” Miller, 30, who lived nearby, suffered at least 21 wounds, including entry and exit wounds.
I’m not concerned about the number of shots fired. I’m more concerned that at a reported distance of 30 feet, the officers seemed to land less than 21 hits out of 85 round fired! If I were police commissioner, my response would be “I think some of our officers need to work on their marksmanship.” This is, of course, why I will never have a career in politics.
Some neighbors were upset by the police actions, complaining that excessive force had been used and that no effort had been made to negotiate with an obviously deranged man.
You don’t negotiate with someone who has a gun pointed at you. This here is exactly why Philadelphia has a crime rate that’s out of control. These people should be grateful their neighborhood is rid of one more criminal, and should be understanding of why the police officers did what they had to. Is 85 rounds excessive? Officers are trained to shoot until the threat stops. If they each, individually did that, then no, it’s not. The lesson here is don’t point a gun at police.
UPDATE: Wyatt Earp has more.Â Seems they’ve built a memorial.