Gun gurus love to teach newbies how to “slice the pie.” While the room-clearing technique is a time-tested, valuable addition to any armed Americans’ self-defense repertoire, it’s also one of the most dangerous things you can do with a gun. In most cases assuming a defensive position is your best defense when facing an imminent assault. In the video above, New Hope City, MN Council Member John Elder, a former police officer and currently a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, did the right thing. Here’s how it went down [via startribune.com]. . .
The bizarre and shocking event began shortly after two new officers, Joshua Eernisse and Adam Johnson, were sworn in during the City Council meeting that began about 7 p.m. The officers along with others who attended the ceremony walked out of the chambers about 7:15 p.m. A man with a “long gun” shot at the officers, Carlson said.
“Two officers were struck. Other officers were able to return fire, subsequently killing the suspect,” Carlson told reporters in a briefing shortly before 10 p.m. in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
Inside the chambers, a video of the ongoing City Council recorded the sound of a gunshot, followed by five or six additional shots . . .
New Hope City Council Member John Elder, a former police officer and currently a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, appears in the video, behind the council desk with his gun drawn and pointed toward the door to the chambers.
Elder and his colleagues emerged unscathed. The officers are in good condition. At the risk (make that certainty) of being labeled an armchair warrior, there are some ways that Elder could have done better.
Elder might have removed his butt from that chair and crouched down, getting ready to GTFO. His shooting “stance” left an awful lot of his body exposed, making him an easy target (especially as the shooter had a long gun).
Elder could have told the Council members who insisted on being pop-up targets to GTF on the floor. (Then again, they would have drawn fire away from himself…). Although the audio cuts out, I suspect he didn’t communicate an escape or attack plan with his colleagues.
Other variables . . .
The desk behind which [some] Council members hid is concealment, not cover. It’s lousy protection and an obvious target. Also, it looks like quite a long shot from the desk to the door. Was there somewhere else Elder could have positioned himself that would have afforded him better ballistic protection, an easier shot and the element of surprise?
Anyway, as always, result.