A Ft. Collins, Colorado, police video shows excellent use of good tactics and attempted de-escalation before officers shot and killed a suicidal, knife-wielding man back in August of 2016. We all could learn a thing or two from the video. Officers communicated well, attempted de-escalation, but faced with an aggressive attacker, ultimately fired to end the threat.
Cops responded to a call of a man, Jerry Jackson, 63, violating “multiple” restraining orders filed by his wife. Jackson bought himself a big filet knife shortly before his big moment of stardom. He found his wife who saw him coming and took cover in a car, leaving him pounding on the windows in a drunken rage.
Ft. Collins’ finest arrived and Jerry turned his anger towards them. He’d previously been heard claiming that he would either slit his throat or commit “suicide by cop” if confronted by “the man”. Well, the man in this case did all they could before applying some ballistic therapy for his anti-social behavior.
And here’s the video:
Officers in Ft. Collins seem well-trained and handled the situation calmly and professionally. They used great tactics, not allowing the man armed with a knife, to get close. If you, gentle reader, ever find yourself facing an aggressor armed with a knife or blunt-force weapon and you let them get close-in, you’re putting yourself at great danger and disadvantage.
Fort Collins police officers repeatedly shouted “do not make us do this” in the seconds before they shot and killed an intoxicated and suicidal man on the city’s outskirts four months ago, newly released video shows.
They deployed their Tasers twice. Neither was effective on the 63-year-old man who stood dazed in a driveway, arms at his side, hands clutching a six-inch fillet knife he bought minutes prior at nearby Jax Ranch and Home.
Jerry Jackson squared off with officers who responded to a 911 caller reporting that he was pounding on the windows of a vehicle where his wife had taken refuge from Jackson. The man had recently violated multiple restraining orders, and one of his wife’s female roommates found Jackson armed with a knife in her home.
In the rush to the call, Fort Collins officers responded to the north Fort Collins property just outside their jurisdiction. Walking down the driveway, they encountered Jackson.
They tried reasoning with him, calling him by name and pleading with him to drop the knife.
Then came the flurry of shots, three blasts from each of the three Fort Collins officers. A split-second cacophony followed immediately by silence.
Distance (and obstacles) gives you time, time gives you options and options mean safety. If a bad guy can cover 21 feet easily in 1.5 seconds, how long would it take the same bad guy to cover six feet? The answer: faster than you can effectively observe his attack, orient yourself to what’s happening and react.
The suspect in this video dropped DRT – dead right there. Keep in mind he took seven hits from full-sized handguns almost instantaneously. Sometimes bad guys don’t fold up when shot. Sometimes they get angry(er), especially if shot with diminutive pocket pistols.
Use your situational awareness to avoid bad guys. If one forces your hand, keep your distance. Use good communications skills as these officers did in an effort to de-escalate or dissuade your attacker. Retreat as possible and if the worst happens, make good hits until the threat has ceased.