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.