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[URL=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/nyregion/26shoot.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin:2tymesnl said:
Article[/URL]":2tymesnl]An off-duty Mount Vernon, N.Y., police officer was shot and killed in downtown White Plains on Friday evening after he pulled his gun on another man and was fired at by Westchester County police officers, the authorities said…“I saw police come from the courthouse,” he said. “They said, ‘Drop your weapon.’ ” He said that instead of dropping the weapon, the person with the gun turned around, prompting the county officers to shoot. Officer Ridley was hit twice in the chest. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
 

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This is an unfortunate incident. I wonder how much of any of the conversations were heard by this poor officer. I also wonder if his turning around was with his whole body with his weapon facing the newly arrived officers or if it was a partial turn, or craning of the body which illicited the shots which felled him? I am sure adrenaline had a great deal to do with either not hearing the other officers, or the bystander. This could easily be how this unfortunate event ended turning up worse than it should have.
The thing is, when arriving upon a scene of chaos, with a gun drawn by a supposed perp, high alert is the obvious necessity of the situation. I wonder, if like on the "Cops" show, too many people were yelling at the same time and no specific order was heard because everyone was yelling. Perhaps if only one officer were to be the yellee things could be, or may have been different.
As unfortunate as this incident was, hopefully it may be a big learning incident for the local, or even national police agencies.
My heart goes out to this mans family, and to the fellow officers who were involved in this incident. May they be comforted at this time of grief and loss.
 
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