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1 Only The Lurker Knows  Mon, Oct 29, 2012 6:43:39pm

A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two illegal immigrants during a chase through the desert was trying to disable the vehicle and suspected it was being used to smuggle drugs, authorities said Friday.

It's Texas and the victims were illegal immigrants. Sadly, that will pretty much be the end of it.

Move along now, nothing to see here.

I would like to put sarc tags here, but Perry will probably reward this asshole for "protecting" our borders.

2 Tiny Alien Kitties are Watching You  Mon, Oct 29, 2012 10:30:07pm

It does seem to be quite a departure from normal practices to fire into a vehicle with 10 people in it, especially in the absence of a demonstrable reason to suppose a felony was/is being committed. Saying you suspect it of being used to smuggle drugs without being able to cite any reason for that belief just does not cut it.

This was an unwarranted and excessive use of deadly force on the part of the Texas state troopers. I wonder how many congratulatory six packs* he has received so far?

(Texas "line of duty" shooting tradition, take out a bad guy, get free beer from your co-workers.)

3 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Oct 29, 2012 11:32:55pm

WTF? This is deranged. My guess is Captain Rambo here had never actually fired a weapon of any kind from a chopper and had no idea where the bullets would go. I have done it, many times. Hitting something the size of a vehicle AT ALL with the first burst is very good shooting. Hitting some point on the vehicle to the exclusion of other points is impossible for all but the most skilled and specialized military operatives. There are Delta Force snipers who can hit point targets (usually people) from a moving chopper. They practice this from a real chopper for hours on end, day after day, before they can do it reliably. Even they would hesitate to shoot at an occupied vehicle with the idea of disabling it.

4 Bob Dillon  Tue, Oct 30, 2012 12:40:23am

re: #3 Shiplord Kirel

Basic physics SK. And having your weapon zeroed in at a specific range helps as well. Snipers? - one shot. More is unprofessional to my understanding. Hitting a balloon, stationary with an M-16 can be challenging. Rambo nut cake. Concur. The engine compartment would be the target of choice.

5 Romantic Heretic  Tue, Oct 30, 2012 8:41:05am

In the words of Lieutenant Enzo Hawker, "That's right, sir. You always have to know exactly what you're doing before you decide to use guns."

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