Saturday, September 20, 2008

Man confronts burglar then shot by police

Reports of shots fired...

Police arrive in force...

Then shoot...


"When officers went in the house, (Sgt.) Thompson said they ordered everyone out and saw the armed homeowner coming down a hallway. That's when one officer, a 6 1/2-year veteran of the force, shot the 35-year-old man several times.

"We fire upon people when we believe there is a danger to ourselves or others," Thompson said. "So what exactly the officer was thinking, I would say yeah, that for him to fire he would have believed there was a danger, there was an imminent threat right there."

Thompson said the burglar's gun was recovered at the scene, but was not on the suspect himself. He was not sure how the homeowner gained the upper hand.

The suspect was identified as Angel Anastacio Canales, 27. Thompson said he was being held on one count of armed burglary, two counts of aggravated assault and weapons misconduct. He suffered unspecified leg wounds.

The officer who shot the resident was identified as Brian Lilly, 35. He's been placed on routine leave while the shooting is investigated.

A woman who answered the phone at the man's home and identified herself as his mother-in-law declined to comment."

Not ever having shot the wrong guy, I feel not a scintilla of empathy for the gunslinger with a badge. Luckily, if being gunned down like a dog by a trigger-happy cop can be called lucky, most officers are so very bad shots that the homeowner will probably survive. Part of the reason they are so prone to shoot first and ask questions later, is that they know they can't hit shit to begin with. Spray, pray, tag & bag the dead then send the innocent to the emergency room.

The reason Sgt. Thompson offers for this travesty is if they feel there's danger then its okay to kill people. If I, even here in gun-friendly Florida, were to shoot someone just on feel alone I'd be writing this from a cell.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the link.

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