Well it increasingly seems early reports were correct for once. One good cop with a gun stopped the attack in Garland. Some seemed quite uncomfortable with this unusual result. That was the right cop with a gun. His name is being held for his safety. It’s a heroic & highly skilled act, I say that should not be diminished by our dislike for abusive police officers of record, nor because he used a gun, at tool many are also quite uncomfortable around.
(CNN)It wasn’t a fair fight.
On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer — a traffic officer by day — with a pistol.
Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city’s Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous…
Instructor: ‘Very brave and quick thinking’
He had a .45-caliber Glock pistol, a much less powerful weapon than the rifles used by the attackers, who have since been identified by federal law enforcement officials as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.
“The officer is lucky he wasn’t hit because I’m pretty sure his body armor would have been penetrated by that rifle round,” Phil Ryan, a Texas police academy instructor, told CNN affiliate KTVT. “He could go above the body armor, below the body armor, (or)… in the head.”
As much as fortune may have played a role, so did skill and steely nerves, Ryan points out. It’s one thing to aim at a cardboard target while training at a gun range; it’s quite another to shoot accurately when the targets are shooting back.
This is why training and attitude and planning matter. Good people with good skills with their equipment. Gun or not. Cop or not. If we can regret the awful shooting where all went so wrong and many got hurt like the NOHO bank robbery, or when a cop screws up with his gun, we should also be willing to fully acknowledge when things go well. And yes it’s going to wind up in the books on pistol tactics as per defensive shoots and police shootings.