A story at courier-journal.com (behind an annoying pay wall) details the aftermath of a recent automobile-deer interface when a LEO arrived on the scene:
“I went inside to get my gun, and when I came out, my wife told me that (the officer) said he couldn’t do it,” Anderson said. “She said he had tears in his eyes, and he handed his gun to a stranger — his loaded gun.
“There were 10 to 12 people standing around, and there were two big guys there. One of them said they had a permit in Ohio, but they didn’t have it with them, and (the officer) gave his weapon to (the man) to shoot the deer. You should never hand your weapon to a person in a crowd.” . . .
Anderson said he contacted police about the incident and met Tuesday with police department Capt. Terry Hopkins
“I don’t have a problem with the shooting — the fawn was hurt pretty badly and it needed to be done, that’s why I went inside to get my gun,” Anderson said. “I just couldn’t believe that an officer who is supposed to protect people was crying and couldn’t do it and then he handed his loaded gun to a stranger to shoot the deer in front of a crowd of people. (The officer) didn’t disperse the crowd first or anything.”
1) A police officer gives his loaded service pistol to a stranger?. In MA and NJ, an average Joe gun owner would be going to jail! In CT, ONLY DEEP would have been allowed to do the deed and entire roads have been closed for hours waiting for the one guy who could dispose of the deer.
2) The cop is the one crying, not the women who hit the deer.
3) Yes, we are all human, but perhaps the LEO needs a head check. And they say gun owners are nuts and police are all better than us.
4) The LEO allowed the stranger to shoot the deer without dispersing the dozen people on scene, not even for safety’s sake.
Once again, police are human, too. I just want the same level of consideration instead of being put to jail as would be done in many states.