Skip to comments.Off-duty Detroit police officer shoots would-be cell phone thief in the face
Posted on 05/03/2014 4:21:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek
DETROIT, MI -- An off-duty Detroit police officer shot a suspected robber in the face Saturday afternoon.
Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody says the officer was working a second job at a pharmacy located at 3611 Conant in Detroit. He is not a security officer for the store. While outside talking on his cell phone about 12:30 p.m. Woody said the suspect approached and demanded the officer's phone.
When he refused, the suspect produced a "nickel-plated revolver and the officer was able to knock the gun away, which gave him time" to run into the store, Woody said..
The suspect tried to chase the officer and was attempting to open the door and fire but the gun jammed. The officer retrieved his gun and shot the suspect once in the face.
The suspect is listed in serious condition but expected to survive, Woody said Saturday afternoon.
Off duty cop putting down a thief this time.
so he knew the gun was jammed when he shot him???
Well it sure works a hell of a lot better than waiting till he gets it to fire again.
“The suspect was taken to the hospital but his condition is unknown at this time.”
I think is condition is probably unrecognizable.
Sounds like the off duty cop needs to get himself a .45
Hmm. Suddenly, I see warning lights. May be just a reflex thought but reading the officer's statement that, “the suspect produced a “nickel-plated revolver” I started wondering. I am not saying it is impossible, but it sure is rare that a revolver “jams”.
From the way the witness talks its one vicious kid.
So will getting shot in the face make him as smart as the hypocrite Gabby Gifford’s or as dumb as hypocrite Gabby Gifford’s?
Lets face it, the man needs to put a smile on and move forward to his future as a prison whore.
“The suspect tried to chase the officer and was attempting to open the door and fire but the gun jammed.”
A revolver jamming? I’m not an expert of firearms, but I would imagine the weapon was damaged, very dirty, or loaded with some very old, poor quality ammo (or maybe the wrong ammo type) for that to happen.
Again, not an expert on these things, so I could be 100% wrong (and I often am, LOL) about this.
So far there have been 13 justifiable homicides in Detroit this year and I’m guessing 3 times as many defensive shootings not resulting in death.
I have on two occasions hd brand new Remington .38 specials jam because the rim of the casing was slightly too thick, jamming between the cylinder and the frame.
So I never ever shoot Remington .38s.
The revolver was a S&W model 10.
“Can you hear me now?”
I’d say the lesson here is there’s nothing more worthless than a gun that doesn’t shoot... except for the dirt bag who thinks he can rob a store with it.
I was surprised a Police sergeant would be working a second job until I looked up their salary...
Median salary is 66 K a year...
You couldn't pay me enough to be a Detroit cop...
Until all the dust has settled, take everything with a grain of salt.
I once heard WXYZ's Bill Proctor report that "Detroit Police were looking for a .357 Smith and Wesson Glock pistol........"
And in another story, a Detroit school student was caught bringing an assault rifle into the school. In a followup story several days later, the "assault" rifle turned out to be a shotgun.......
I have a 22mag revolver that will jam if not kept clean. 22 mag is really dirty. I had a titanium, very light weight snubbie in 357 that would often bind the cylinder due to crimp jumping.
I think you are correct, but it can happen. Some 20 years ago I was target shooting with my Taurus .357 magnum and as I pulled the trigger, nothing happened. The hammer would not drop and neither would the cylinder drop out to get the round out. I tried a number of things but to no avail. I finally had to take it to a gunsmith to get the damn thing unjammed. It was dangerous in the condition it was in, too!
I caught that, too. A revolver rarely jams but they can misfire, due to bad ammo?
Maybe the thief had face armor made out of DOGS...?
Good shot, all the same.
More range time, also?
Yeah I think I’d blame the “jam” on the reporting.
Why this poor child! Shot in the face no less. He didn’t deserve that. That off duty cop had no business carrying a weapon and shooting him, since he wasn’t defending his own home.
My question is if a suspect produced a gun and you had a chance to bat it away, if you are armed, you do not turn and run after batting the gun away. Funny the officer did not go for his gun first.
I would imagine the weapon was damaged, very dirty, or loaded with some very old, poor quality ammo (or maybe the wrong ammo type) for that to happen.
I believe you're right.
No I would not
Gun may have been ‘injured’ when the officer slapped it out of the little perps hand. Also it might be a North American Arms five shot derringer which is single action only and requires cocking the hammer to fire it ... in his excitement the little twerp may have been to flustered to cock the hammer.
Karma for the crook.
Barry is quite concerned about racism in death penalty sentences. If perpetrators of violent crime were a majority of whites, would he be as concerned?
You’re likely use QUALITY revolvers for 50 years and never had a jam.
There’s some real crap out there, however. S&W, Colt and Ruger are quality revolvers.
Charter Arms is a so-so quality revolver.
Then there’s some absolutely festerous crap out there. RG and Rohm - made in Germany, of all places. CDM (I seem to recall - years since I’ve seen one) out of NYC in the 50’s and 60’s.
Even Colts will jam up if you mistreat them. Use a Colt to pistol-whip someone or use the butt as a hammer, and you’ll throw it out of time so well that it will probably carry up once and be done until you open it up.
Heck he doesnt even care about us ambassadors who are white.
My father, deceased, lived in a world where shooting people breaking into your home had to be shot in the house and it was better if they were armed. My father had a Rohm revolver for just such occasions to make sure, after the fact, that the burglar was armed by the time the coroner arrived.
“The officer retrieved his gun and shot the suspect once in the face.”
Apparently the off duty cop left his gun inside the store
Well, I suppose not all of the stories of this kind of thug behavior can end ideally...
Kudos to the off-duty cop. He might need more range time, though.
I had a revolver jam once - it came with some reloaded rounds, and the bullet wasn’t seated correctly on one of the rounds.
I didn’t fire the rest of the reloads.
my GUESS is this is typical 2014 journalism by a lazy journalist educated in a government school. If the gun mis-fired at all, and IF it was a revolver, and if it was a relatively new revolver, then the likely thing that happened was a bad primer and the gun mis-fired but didn’t jam.
The cop seeing the hammer go down and maybe hearing it too, probably said F it and pulled his trigger.
Revolvers can jam, by the cylinder binding. It is MOST COMMON on .22 revolvers, (many of which are cheaply made) due to the excess lead shavings and copious powder residue where the cylinder meets the breech of the barrel. To prevent, clean the gun a LOT. Centerfires, much more reliable.
Story here on FR a few months ago, a pos tried carjacking a family, put the .38 Spl revolver to the father's head and pulled the trigger. Fortunately had it loaded with .380 auto rounds.
I was wondering the same thing. Revolver jamming?