I’m sympathetic to cops who open fire on anyone who points a gun at them. Whether or not the gun’s real or fake, loaded or unloaded, aimed with malice aforethought or wielded with casual stupidity, the business end of a firearm is a green light for a gunfight. I see dozens of stories every week wherein cops shoot rifle-pointers. And here’s another one, courtesy azfamily.com: “Police ordered [Hans Pedro] Perez to drop the rifle, but he refused to do so, instead pointing the rifle at the officers, [Detective Mike] Melendez said. That’s when bullets started flying. It’s not yet known how many shots were discharged, but according to Melendez, eight officers fired, hitting Perez several times. Perez was rushed to a local hospital. At last check, he was in critical condition, but is expected to survive his injuries.” Bo Wallace called this one . . .
Earlier this month, XS Sights’ PR dude described the phenomena as “contagious or sympathetic fire.” When one officer starts firing, his or her compadres figure it’s OK to let loose the ballistic dogs of war. So they do.
What’s this got to do with you? ih2000.net explains:
* If you are involved in a gun fight; or, an innocent bystander, always have your hands uplifted above your head with nothing in them when the police arrive. If you are the ‘good guy’ put your weapon away when the police are arriving and move to a safe area, if possible, with your hands empty and uplifted. Otherwise you may become the victim of Sympathetic Fire
* In police practice scenarios, the ‘good guy,’ hostage and innocent by-stander manequins often got shot. Raise ‘Them’ Hands! The police do not know you from Adam. Let them sort it all out before you start lowering your hands and arms. Don’t make sudden movements. Be courteous, be considerate.