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    FORT WORTH — A 72-year-old man was fatally shot as Fort Worth police investigated an alarm call early Tuesday morning in a neighborhood near Woodhaven County Club.

    According to Fort Worth police, the alarm call came just before 1 a.m. in the 400 block of North Havenwood Lane. But after arriving at the scene, officers became involved in a confrontation with a man armed with a gun who was across the street from where the alarm was going off.

    Feeling threatened, at least one officer fired at the man, who was later identified as Jerry Waller, police said. Waller was dead at the scene, in his own garage.

    "It's just awful," said former City Council member Becky Haskin, who lives nearby. "It's a sad, sad accident."
    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office said the cause of Waller's death was "multiple gunshot wounds."

    Haskin said she and her husband heard five shots. "They were just rapid-fire, one after the other, and my husband said, 'That's a police officer,'" Haskin said.

    Haskin said there was no sign of a burglary at the home and that the alarm may have triggered accidentally.

    "I was told that the police officers were sobbing uncontrollably," she said.

    Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave as the major case unit investigates.

    Fort Worth police spokeswoman Tracey Knight called it a "horrible tragedy."

    "It was horrible for the homeowner. A family has lost a loved one that can never be replaced," she said. "An officer has gone through an incident that no officer wants to go through."


    http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Famil...209398731.html

    This entire story really ticks me off!
    How many trigger happy cops are the police academy's producing nowadays??
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    I'm sure these officers feel horrible, but they ignored one of the cardinal rules of firearms safety: KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND IT

    They very obviously did not take the time to identify whether this man was a threat or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConcealCincinnati View Post
    I'm sure these officers feel horrible, but they ignored one of the cardinal rules of firearms safety: KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND IT

    They very obviously did not take the time to identify whether this man was a threat or not.
    I'm pretty sure that the family of the deceased elderly victim really don't give a damn how the cops in question are 'feeling'.
    This is a case of 'Manslaughter' or 'Negligent Homicide' imvho.

    The cop/s who is/are responsible needs to lose his badge and face a jury of his peers in this case imo.

    Maybe these cops had recently been trained on these types of targets??
    A scary thought indeed.

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    Let me preface by stating that I am not taking the side of the officers in this case. It very much looks like a case of a couple of rookies, whose training was either inadequate or simply not learned, who made a horrific mistake. Having said that, there are a number of possibilities, not mentioned in the article, which could mitigate the circumstances of this shooting, or even justify it. A man with a gun in his hand can become a clearly articulable threat in an instant. Did Mr. Waller raise his gun towards the officers? Mr. Waller is reported as 72 years old. Is it possible that he was hard of hearing? That he didn't hear (or didn't understand) the officers announce themselves as police? Put yourself in the officer's place for a moment. You are investigating a break-in alarm in the middle of the night. Directly across the street you see a man in or near the open garage. You have no idea that this man is the resident of that home (though in fairness, they had no idea that he wasn't the resident either). You approach, identifying yourself as police. You see he has a gun in his hand. He raises the gun...
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    I will reserve judgment until all the information is out. For right now it looks very bad for the officers in question. I think with more experienced officers this situation might not have resulted in a shooting. Another question I would ask is why do they have two rookies paired together on patrol? If it turns out these officers were just plain screwed up and trigger-happy then they should suffer the criminal and civil penalties for that.

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    Either way murder, shoot at me in my garage armed or not (never) and you will be shot.

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    If it a citizen who was a licensed carry had done this he would be in jail facing murder charges. But since he was a cop it's only a "terrible accident."

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    I have to wonder why 2 rookies are riding together instead of them being paired with more experienced officers. Newbies always draw the worst duty, but at what cost and who's cost. Just saying this could have all gone so differently with cooler heads in play with more than just a few months experience on the job.
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    Have an armed confrontation with the police and get shot. Sounds about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vernsimpson View Post
    If it a citizen who was a licensed carry had done this he would be in jail facing murder charges. But since he was a cop it's only a "terrible accident."
    My point exactly!
    Cop's should not be 'above' the same laws that us citizen taxpayers must always abide by imvho.
    Fascist's are Magicians...They can make our Property, our Freedom's & even our Children 'Disappear'.
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    Police officers have a higher credibility than the average citizen. They have too. If not every time someone got a ticket it would be their word vs the cops and the judge would have to throw it out.

    Without getting sucked into the debate over good cops vs bad cops, I think that they are handeling this situation correctly. Place the officers on leave and investigate. The same thing they always do.
    -Austin

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