Skip to comments.Shoppers recount police shooting outside Costco
Posted on 09/25/2010 8:11:33 AM PDT by redreno
The emotionless voice of Samantha Sterner told jurors on Friday that her boyfriend, 38-year-old Erik Scott, carried a gun with him everywhere he went and that the officer who shot him to death July 10 was out of line.
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This was later confirmed by an older officer who called in during the 3rd hour.
Why did the cops even have their guns drawn?
What did Scott do that had them ordering him to the ground in the first place?
Sounds like the Costco employees all have their story straight.
Great information in the article.
Since the COPS suspected Scott was on some kind of drugs and was reportedly ‘slow’ to respond , why didn’t they give him more time to ‘grasp’ what was happening and get DOWN on the ground?
What is not in this article is an explanation for why there were seven shots fired, and why FIVE of them were in the BACK.
One person claimed that they saw the shooting, and that one of the cops walked up after he was on the ground and fired a final shot into his dying/dead body.
According to the autopsy, one shot was fired from the rear, starting near his butt and going upward, indicating that he was shot after hitting the ground.
That's putting it extremely mildly!
Why didn’t Samantha Sterner, Scott’s girlfriend, show up at the coroner’s inquest? If she had what she thought was the truth, I would think she’d want to shout it from the rooftops.
According to the reports, their 'plan' was to get Scott to file out with the rest of the customers, to not alert him to the 'situation'. Apparently, surprising him with THREE POINTED GUNS in the midst of a crowd of COSTCO customers (who were also confused), was supposed to be a smart way to deal with the situation, instead of just walking up and explaining the situation.
Even though they had been there in the parking lot for 30 minutes preparing, they now claim they WEREN'T READY when Scott came out.
Of course, they already had their guns DRAWN BEFORE he came out, according to testimony and eyewitnesses. That was in case they had to SHOOT HIM before their superiors could show up and take command of the situation. Because they WEREN'T READY YET. Again, that was in the testimony of the officer.
This should be considered as proof of guilt (poorly prepared and used bad judgment), as it implies that had their 'superiors' gotten there, Mr. Scott would be alive.
He was suffering from an overdose of prescription painkillers and had his guns with him. He needed to be escorted out of the store by Security and handed over to police, who could question him and/or send him to the hospital. Which they did, after they shot him SEVEN times.
She doesn't want to be shot.
These cops belong in jail.
Maybe Scott’s girlfriend didn’t want to be interviewed by a hostile DA with no chance for rebuttal from a friendly lawyer. I wouldn’t.
So far, the bottom line for me is:
Scott’s gun was in its holster, although the shooting cops didn’t know that at the time. And if it is a SA Kimber, then he would need to either pull the hammer first, or rack the slide first...unless Kimber makes a DA 45. I like revolvers and don’t know a lot obout Kimbers.
And if he wasn’t drawing it with intent to shoot, then he wouldn’t be moving as fast as he could - which ought to clue in the cop that the guy isn’t trying to kill him.
Kangaroo court, costco EMPLOYEES are well rehearsed, cop well rehearsed, DA controlling the affair, no cross examination = no search for the truth. A crooked attempt at a whitewash.
I can’t imagine that Scott was this screwed up that he tripped, was paranoid, had bleeding knuckles, couldn’t fill out a Costco application.
Is it against the law to be irritated with some high school dropout Costco employee for confronting you? If it is come cart me away because yesterday I told the Verizon customer service associate that he needed to learn more about his job because it was clear he didn’t know enough to do it now.
According to testimony, Scott was ‘slow’, and had trouble maintaining his ‘balance’. He was ‘slow’ at answering the questions for the COSTCO CARD APPLICATION.
Scott walked out of the store (and was on his way to put his guns away in the car), when one of the cops tapped him on the shoulder, then stepped back and started yelling.
Scott turned around the COPS testified that he didn’t react QUICKLY enough. Now, they already suspected he was on some type of drugs. So WHY would they expect him to react QUICKLY?
The officer says that Mr. Scott POINTED the gun at him. Witnesses have stated that he reached for his waistband, and he was immediately shot.
It’s a miracle no customers were hit. I guess the officer’s who were close enough to grab Mr. Scott as he left the store and take him to the ground found it hard to miss. Especially since the last shot of SEVEN was fired after he was dead/dying on the ground.
And that last shot is the reason why WE will never see the video footage.
Read the article. Why do freepers show up on threads and ask questions without first reading the article?
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