South Side Chicago. Off-duty cop dressed up as a clown for a day-care fundraiser with roughly 50 kids in attendance. Afterwards, at around 10:10 pm, the clown headed home. He was approached by a teen who “asked” for money. Denied, the teen pulled a gun . . .
The Chicago Tribune reports that the off-duty cop took the gun from the teen and shot him dead. (Good thing the cop didn’t try to tie a gun out of a balloon. It’s not known whether there was a SWAT team in his car.)
Not sure if the off-duty LEO was packing his own piece, but clown suits probably wouldn’t provide fast access to a concealed weapon even if he was carrying. It’s likely whatever training the cop had in disarming a perp kicked in and he was able to do so without getting shot himself.
Which raises the question, if you aren’t packing heat and are in a situation where you would definitely go for your gun and use it, what would you do if you didn’t have a gun to use? Do you go for the perps gun? Do you run? Have you been trained in disarming someone else? To what degree do you utilize the Speed, Surprise, and Violence of Action mantra?
The LEO in a clown suit is lucky to be alive. Maybe next time he’ll think twice about clowning around without a gun of his own.