Skip to comments.Police: Retired Detroit Officer Fataly Shot Armed Robber(MI)
Posted on 03/24/2012 6:26:04 AM PDT by marktwain
DETROIT (WJBK ) -- It was a slow, sleepy Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Dollar General on East Lafayette in Detroit. Two guys walked into the store. One of them had a gun.
They forced a female employee to give them a bag of cash, but the security guard at the store is a retired Detroit police officer. He worked in the homicide division. He said what's the deal. Investigators say one of the bad guys with the gun pointed it at the retired officer, but in one, swift move he pulled his gun and shot the armed robber in the face.
EMS responded. The armed robber shot once in the face was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was dead on arrival.
"I think it's horrible that someone died, but the Bible says you live by the sword, you die by the sword," said Deaunt Moore.
"Very shocking. I've been working this area about a year and never heard of anything like this, and when I heard it, very shocking," said Willie Abrams.
The partner of the armed robber ran with a bag of cash. He dropped that bag in the parking lot. All of the money was recovered. The second suspect escaped.
Detroit police are now investigating the entire incident.
Whoa! Quick draw mode!
This is the difference between a gun novice (robber), a gun user, and a gun expert (officer).
You can mentally parse this event by fractions of a second for physics and psychology as an absolute justification for concealed carry.
To start with just the tip of the iceberg, let me reference the gunfighter, physicist Neils Bohr:
“New research from the University of Birmingham suggests the best strategy may actually be to wait for the other guy to make his move.
“In a series of “laboratory gunfights” - with pistols replaced by electronic pressure pads - researchers found that participants who reacted to their opponent’s movement were on average 21 milliseconds faster to the draw.
“Niels Bohr (1885-1962) liked to take time off from figuring out the structure of the universe by watching westerns. Bohr noticed that the man who drew first invariably got shot, and speculated that the intentional act of drawing and shooting was slower to execute than the action in response.
“Here was a hypothesis that could be tested, and with the aid of cap guns hastily purchased in a Copenhagen toyshop, duly proved it. In a series of mock gunfights with colleagues Bohr always drew second and always won.”
Now add to this that in a robbery, the *attention* of the robber is going in several directions. He has to pay attention to whoever he is robbing, what he is robbing, anyone else in the vicinity, his accomplice if he has one, if he sees or hears anything like an alarm, how he plans to get away, etc. And he has to “refresh” his attention of all these things frequently.
Critically, he wants to rob and get away, not to shoot. If he wanted to shoot, he would have shot immediately.
Compare this to anyone else in the store with CC. They need to pay attention to cover and concealment, once, then to their gun, just to ponder its state of function and how quickly they can bring it to bear, once. From that point on, they can put all their attention into the robber or robbers.
This gives them a huge number of milliseconds to act, unlike the robber who must *move* his attention to them, figure out what the CC holder is doing, and then do something or not, with a bias to not.
In this case, my guess is that the robber pointed his gun at the guard, then looked at something else. The guard drew his gun while making a slight sidestep and half sideways turn, to a new location and narrower profile, perhaps cocking his gun while raising it, if it was a revolver, or taking it off safe while raising it, if it was an automatic. At head height, briefly aimed and a “grab shot”, as a photographer would say.
How to win a gunfight. This is why I always prefer CC to open carry. Open carry is to change minds. CC is to put bullets through them.
There isn't anything "slow and sleepy" about that part of town. The fact that a small Chaldean owned store would actually have a hired security guard on the premises tells you everything you need to know.........
And the armed robber looked just like Obama’s son.
“Theyre still looking for Lmonjello.”
Or the identical twins, syphilis and gonnorea! Or maybe La-a ( that’s La Dasha, the dash don’t be silent)
Robbing a Dollar General store doesn’t seem too lucrative.Maybe they should’ve tried the Twenty Dollar General.
Is Deaunts demuddah what shots debruddah?
What’s a CD?
It didn't occur to him that the script might have something to do with that?
That gets interesting. Even the writers of most westerns seemed to intuit that those who drew first, lost. While of course characterization and plot have a lot to do with it,
Bohr probably noticed that this even seemed to apply to the actors. That is, whoever draws first *looks* to be noticeably slower. The eye can actually pick that up.
Ironically, as far as real western history goes, the bulk of the gunfights were usually some belligerent drunk standing in the street wanting to shoot someone, when the other party went up behind him and plugged him with a shotgun.
There was an interesting rule to mitigate the first draw disadvantage in a gunfight, however. “Get a shot off quick, first. You probably won’t hit them, but it will distract them enough to aim your second shot.”
This makes a lot of sense, since a distraction could restore your advantage, discombobulating your opponent long enough to get a distance shot on him.
While someone is taking out the open carry person, the one concealed has those few seconds to get the job done..