Police call it “sympathetic fire.” One officer shoots, so the other officers shoot. The phenomenon accounts for more than a few instances where a bunch o’ cops let loose an inordinate amount of lead. Worse still, it accounts for times when cops unleash their fusillade at people who don’t need shooting. I’m thinking here of the Chris Dorner-related LAPD shooting, where eight jumpy LEOs fired more than 100 rounds at a mother and daughter delivering newspapers, believing them to be the cop killer. As often happens in these cases of frenetic fire, they more-or-less missed. Same deal here, where a Washington state Deputy responded to a suicide . . .
Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a parking lot in the 16500 block of Meridian Ave. E. just before 5:30 a.m. for reports of a suicidal man, according to investigators.
When they arrived, they found the man sitting in a red pickup truck. But as a deputy approached, the man shot himself, officials said.
Deputies, hearing the shot and thinking officers were under fire, fired two shots, but didn’t hit anything, according to sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer and Sheriff Paul Pastor.
Troyer says the fatal shot was self-inflicted. The deputies did not hit the man.
Or anyone else, thankfully. And let’s be fair; this story [via komonews.com] could’ve happened to anyone. My only beef: the Deputy missed. Fair enough?