I’ve learned my lesson. I will not pronounce “good shoot” or “bad shoot” when reporting Officer Involved Shootings (OIS). For one thing, many members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia are a lot more knowledgable of and experienced with these types of incidents than your humble scribe. Second, I’m from Rhode Island. When it comes to tales of criminality, I know that the first story is never the real story. This one from ktar.com sounds decidedly dodgy . . .
A 37-year-old officer was doing off-duty security near Interstate 17 and Cactus Road with another officer at an apartment complex when Duncan and 40-year-old Jonathan Parker showed suspicious behavior
The two officers chased the two suspects and scuffled with Duncan before he grabbed one of the officer’s Tasers and electrocuted the officer.
A suspiciously vague description of suspicious behavior if you ask me. And I’m sure our friends at TASER would prefer a different term for using a “shaped pulse” on a human subject. Electrically incapacitated? Anyway . . .
The officer said Duncan then aimed the Taser at his head and demanded his release.
The officer said he used his firearm on Duncan, who died at a hospital.
“As officers, that is the most vulnerable time that we have. So one can only imagine what could’ve occurred,” Thompson said.
The 37-year-old officer was treated and released and is on administrative leave.
Police arrested Parker, who has an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
So a [presumed] bad guy Tased a cop, threatened to Tase him again and got a bad case of lead poisoning for his efforts. Again, I’m sure some readers will say that the as-always-unnamed, off-duty cop had just cause to let loose the dogs of war. But it does make you wonder what exactly went down, and why we the people, never get the straight dope on OISs.