Francis Di Domizio wrote:Johnny I'm just to take a wild stab in the dark and guess that you have never fired a hand gun in your life?
I've owned guns. I used to hunt, and even spent a day shooting a .75 caliber flint musket at the rifle range. Pretty wild. You can hear the ball whistle thru the air, and hear it hit the embankment. I have shot a pistol, but only once when we took pot shots at a beat up Yugo 25 years ago.
I know pistols aren't very accurate, and it was a volatile situation (that did not require the officer to blow him away). But again, why resort to using that right away when the guy is unarmed? I agree, how do you react or aim when there's not much time, but you can try, and he did shoot an unarmed guy 3 times literally blowing him away. I also want to note again that he changed his story from "grabbed for my gun" to "grabbed my arm."
I also have a friend who could kill a squirrel with a pistol from 20 yards pretty consistently, who was shot and killed by the police a couple years ago, BTW, since we're dealing with speculative scenarios (you assume Heimness had to use his gun). Doug Lisney in case you want to look that up. He was drunk, riding around on a horse, and had 2 loaded .45 pistols. A really nice guy except that he would completely lose his temper at times: blackout angry. When the police arrived, they tried tazing him. They discussed what to do while he cruised around on his horse and took pot shots at the ground likely somewhat near the police, so they blew him away. Take a look at their reaction. Despite that he had 2 loaded .45s and shot in their direction numerous times, the police calmly dealt with him until it was clear he wasn't going to settle down.
Paulie Heenan is gone. It didn't have to be that way. There were several other ways to deal with it. An officer with a different mind set gets that call and he would still be alive. I'm not going to argue about it anymore. Best wishes to you too, Mr. Heimness. I'm sure it's not easy. I can't say I fault you because anyone can react that way when they feel threatened. I'm only saying there were other ways to deal with it once you realized he was unarmed.