The rabbi is hard at work doing his usual post-incident analysis. We’ll share that video ASAP. Meanwhile, from my POV, the encounter illustrates a number of important points. For one thing, it’s amazing (but not entirely unexpected) that the perp, one Lamar Moore, considers the police desk cover rather than concealment. In other words, he shoots over it rather than through it. Mind you, he was shooting a 12-gauge loaded with buckshot. Anyway, from the defender’s point-of-view, genuine cover (a bullet resistant barrier) is always better than concealment (the bad guy can’t see you), anything is better than nothing—especially when the shooter considers nothing something . . .
“Two other sergeants were down that hallway returning fire at Moore,” Assistant Chief Chester Logan told reporters at Detroit Police HQ. ‘We believe this is the reason why he backs up.'”
Makes sense. It’s also worth noticing that only three cops out of the original four at the desks by the back of the room engage Moore. What happened to the fourth policemen to the right of the screen? In any case, Cmdr. Brian Davis, the main police combatant, gets into the fight.
Unfortunately, Davis puts his head up over the desk at roughly the same point two maybe three times. By not popping up in different places, Davis has revealed his location to Moore—with disastrous consequences.
Cop number two, Sgt. David Anderson, “gets it.” Ish. He fires three times (one or more may have hit the perp) and then gets the hell out of Dodge, retreating to the other desk closer to the camera.
When Davis first returns fire, he first shoots with two hands (:17). Clearly, it’s not an aimed shot. His second shot is one-handed (:21) and only slightly less wild. Davis’ third and perhaps fourth shots are also one handed, as he’s falling backwards.
This highlights two facts: you really have to aim to hit something and it’s a good idea to learn how to shoot off-balance, one-handed. When was the last/first time you did that?
After a point blank exchange, Davis attempts to throw a wastebasket at Moore (:41). Moore has shot the gun out of his hand, blowing off at least two of Davis’ fingers. It’s amazing that Davis continues aggressive action, rather than making an immediate strategic retreat. Adrenaline, testosterone, the will to live and the fighting spirit will do that to a guy. Well, some guys.
As the narrator indicates, Moore was mortally wounded for at least ten seconds before he went down. It’s a stark reminder that “stopping power” is a myth. It ain’t over ’til its over, even when you think it’s over.
“There are some tremendous acts of heroism in this video – to see officers perform in a spectacular way,” Police Chief Ralph Godbee told officer.com. “It’s important to understand what they were trained to do. They are trained first of all to cover, then to conceal, and then engage the target.”
If only it were that easy. More info as it becomes available.