Sunday, October 04, 2015

IL Officer Killed with Own Gun

According to U.S. News & World Report:
"The Illinois police officer whose fatal shooting last month set off a massive manhunt was shot twice with his own weapon, and there were signs of a struggle at the scene, the lead investigator said Thursday in releasing what he called carefully vetted details."  RIP Officer Gliniewicz.

This sad case highlights an issue that is a difficult one in cases where unlawful use of deadly force by officers is alleged.  Generally, officers can use deadly force in defense only when the officer objectively reasonably believes the the offender poses an immediate threat of using deadly force against the officer.  However, there is always a deadly weapon present in these types of cases--the officer's sidearm.  If the suspect and officer start grappling or wrestling there is always a chance that the suspect may get the officer's sidearm and use it on the officer. There are millions of possible examples of this type of situation, and each one has be examined in detail.

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