Courageous police officer advanced toward the terrorists2:30 PM, May 8, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
There's still a lot we don't know about what happened in Garland, Texas, earlier this week, including the name of the heroic police officer who averted certain disaster by outshooting two heavily armed terrorists. But blogger Bob Owens, who generally knows his stuff when it comes to firearms, has published an interesting analysis about what happened based on a few photos of the crime scene. (Before you click, know that there is some blood if that sort of thing bothers you).
Anyway, the upshot is that after an unarmed security guard was initially shot by the terrorists, the 60-year-old police officer present drew his hand gun and returned fire, killing one terrorist and wounding the other right off the bat. But then the officer continued to advance toward the terrorists to make sure the threat was neutralized, and the whole episode was over in a matter of seconds:
The evidence markers at the bottom of the photo above show us a remarkable story, as they denote the final locations of the shell casings ejected from the officer’s Glock duty pistol. While every pistol is different from another in its ejection pattern, and the movement of the officer and the cant of his gun precludes us from knowing exactly where he was, there, is a distinct trial of shells showing that the officer was moving forward from the bottom left of the photo above towards the terrorists at the rear of the vehicle. He appears to have opened fire from 20 yards away, and fired at least a dozen shots by the time he reached an area near the traffic cones, roughly 7-10 yards from where the terrorists died.
Second photo taken from the opposite angle (below) seems to confirm this determined officer’s advance on the terrorists while firing.
The impressive marksmanship on display really speaks to this 30-year-veteran cop's experience and training. But having the presence of mind to move toward the armed terrorists after being fired at -- that's one hell of a lot of confidence and courage. Whoever this police officer is, he's a national hero and ought to be an inspiration to American soldiers and law enforcement officers everywhere.
7:42 AM, Jan 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
**Warning: Some of these videos are extremely graphic.**
Apparent video from today's shooting at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where gunmen reportedly killed 11:
10:24 PM, Dec 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
WNYW, the local New York City Fox affiliate, reports that New York Police Department officers turned their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio after two of their own were shot execution style earlier today in Brooklyn:
"Look what happened: this is video of the mayor arriving for this evening's press conference on the shooting. You can see officers turning their backs on the mayor as he approached the lectern," said the local host.
7:01 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Here's video of the detained suspect in yesterday's shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas:
"Heil Hitler," the suspect yells from the back of a police cruiser.
The Kansas City Star has more details:
8:04 AM, Sep 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
4:37 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The FBI has released a "seeking information" poster for the suspected Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis:
The FBI is using Twitter to get the poster out, and asking for folks with knowledge of Aaron Alexis to provide a tip:
10:06 AM, Sep 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An unnamed White House official released this statement on the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.:
Some hate crimes are less hateful than others.Aug 19, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 46 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
On August 15, 2012, at 10:46 a.m.—one year ago this week—Floyd Lee Corkins entered the lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. He was carrying a backpack that contained 15 Chick-fil-A -sandwiches, a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, and 100 rounds of ammunition. Corkins has since pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing for the crimes he proceeded to commit. He’s set to spend decades in a prison cell and fade into obscurity.
10:17 AM, Feb 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning, the White House released a photo of President Obama shooting a gun:
"President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)," the caption reads.
Then deletes it.12:52 PM, Jan 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama recently told the New Republic magazine, "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time." Today, after some suggested the president's claim might not be true, the New Republic tweeted a picture supposedly proving that Obama has gone skeet shooting:
9:32 AM, Jan 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with the New Republic, President Barack Obama is asked whether he's "ever fired a gun."
"Yes," Obama says, "in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."
3:37 PM, Dec 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
On the first day of the next Congress, January 3, Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to introduce a bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines.