(After all, he was only firing his Mac-10 at officers in a crowded public space)
This seems to be a common 'suggestion' as if the options and outcomes of true life and death situations where as clean and simple as the TV Cop Dramas of the 1970's...
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Shoot him in the leg? He was shot 4 times, in the chest, collarbone, and both arms, and still didn't drop the weapon. The situation was exacerbated by his brother entering the fray after shots were fired and possibly before the weapon was secure.
There are endless training and experiment videos on YouTube and elsewhere about the "21 Foot Rule" and this even seems to make it into pop culture through television shows like "MythBusters" where they found it to be very real. A bit of media relations has even been able to get the concept covered in local media:
The important thing to remember, and it would be nice if the community realized, is that though a justified shooting will be heartbreaking for the families involved, the results of a lack of training and in some cases a decision not to use lethal force, can be catastrophic...
The video below is an engagement in Nicaragua where the arrest of a single man with a knife ends very badly as he is able to kill an officer and almost kill two others while shots ring out and chaos ensues (starting about the 4 minute mark to the 8 minute mark).
- JP. 20160813