Skip to comments.Bystander Fired Deadly Shot, Not Officer
Posted on 03/08/2013 5:06:51 PM PST by EXCH54FE
There were two big developments Monday in the case of a motorist who was shot and killed along Greenwell Springs Road Friday after a fight with a police officer. Investigators say an autopsy shows the deadly bullet was fired by a bystander, not the officer. Police also announced that no charges would be filed in the case, either against the police officer involved or the bystander who fired the fatal shot into the head of George Temple.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's spokesman Greg Phares says Officer Brian Harrision was escorting a funeral procession Friday when he pulled Temple over and wrote him a ticket for breaking into the procession. According to Phares, that's when Temple attacked Harrison. Police say Perry Stevens was walking outside of the Auto Zone on Greenwell Springs Road when he heard Harrison yelling for help. Harrison was reportedly on his back with Temple on top of him. That's when Stevens went to his car and grabbed his .45 caliber pistol.
According to Col. Greg Phares, "[Mr. Stevens] orders Mr. Temple to stop and get off the officer. The verbal commands are ignored and Mr. Stevens fires four shots, all of which struck Mr. Temple."
Perry Stevens fired four shots into Temple's torso. Officer Harrison had already fired one shot into Temple's abdomen. With Temple still struggling with the officer, Perry continued to advance toward the scuffle.
"He again orders Mr. Temple to stop what he was doing and get off the officer. Those commands are ignored and he fires a fifth shot and that hits his head. The incident is over with, and as you know, Mr. Temple is dead
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It sounds like Temple knows a little PCP.
Good to see a citizen help to thin the herd a little.
Well, a .45 to the brain stem will certainly stop most altercations.
The shot hit Temple in the temple. Would have been better for him if his name had been George Balls.
Only problem I see is officer Harrison needed to carry a larger caliber sidearm. .45 ACP - Bigger holes are better holes (usually).
Remember: pistols are pistols, rifles are rifles, shotguns are shotguns. Even a "powerful" pistol is really kinda marginal.
Perry Stevens must be a terrific shot and very cool headed. Four shots all hit the target while the target is struggling with the officer!?! Perhaps there was a little separation of the two that is not apparent in the text here.
i am seriosly glad the officer did not shoot the bystander with the firearm, who just saved his bacon. nowadays you just cannot trust what reaction you’re going to get from an officer, under any situation.
One would think that the four previous shots to the torso would have been quite sufficient.
Just wow, one 9 mil (or maybe a .40) in the gut, and 4 hits in the torso from a .45 and he still didn’t get the message?
Crack, or meth, or pcp, or bath salts sure do make you a living, breathing zombie.
Only thing that works in this situation. Just glad that Mr. Stevens had the gonads to deliver the coup de gras. This whole thing could have turned really ugly for the good guys had he not.
That’s got to be a heavy load though.
OTOH you can take a little fall hit your head on the edge of the counter and it's lights out for good.
The Officer is lucky.........when seconds count, an armed law abiding citizen is only seconds away.
Well, when his life is passing before his eyes, I would think he would take any life line offered, even if it was from a known adversary.
Funny how edge of life situations make you see sense.
Meanwhile in Torrance the police can shoot a hundred rounds at two little old ladies in a pickup truck and only manage to get half of them on the truck and only two into one of the ladies.
In their defense, she was a small lady...
I wonder if Temple was shot in the temple?
This incident occurred 17 February, 2006.
A little bullet in the face or throat also does wonders. Always take the head shot if you can.
This is soo true. There are countless stories of folks walking around with all kinds of stuff poking out of their heads and not even knowing it.
OTH, on the farm, I used the dreaded .22 SHORT to put down really big hogs and pigs. (actually, truth in tale, the short only stunned them, the sticking blade is what “killed” them.)
Its all a matter of placement.
Wow! Not a gimp to mess with. I see they spell the Good Samaritan's name differently in that article. Journalism! Somebody shot it in the head.
For coolness and accuracy like that, I’m guessing former military. Any random cop that came to help probably would’ve shot the officer involved in the struggle as well.
I've suffered trauma to my head about 7 or 8 separate times. Some people I know would joke saying that's why I am the way I am, but it surprises me I don't have any serious problems.
I was thinking that to myself. Nowadays, cops are the ones you have to reign in.
I’m thinking of all those cops in NY who blasted away a the “perp” and only ended up wounding a whole bunch of bystanders, the perp ran off without a scratch.
A whole new meaning to “armed and dangerous.”
I have long marveled at how human beings are simultaneously so tough and so fragile. You think of some of the amazing stories of survival juxtaposed with minor incidents that result in death. That’s just the way it is but it’s kind of hard to reconcile that seeming contradiction.
Effing media, slow news day and they repeat/reprint..
Temple Shot In Temple After Leaving Temple Was Sent To Temple.
While I applaud Mr.Perry for acting.
I myself might have hesitated...
So, Temple was shot in the temple?
It's rather humbling.
Temple was black. Harrison and Stephens are white.
This from the “weallbe” blog.
“Those commands are ignored and he fires a fifth shot and that hits his head. The incident is over with, and as you know, Mr. Temple is dead”
Best summary of a shooting incident ever!
I just love a story with a happy ending!
I used to ponder such things. Now I take a more clear eyed view:
“When your time is up, your time is up.”
When is your time up? Only God knows, and he ain’t talkin.
Filipino college kid in some mid west university did a back flip last week. The story was on Drudge.
Landed wrong, broke his neck, died on the spot. Young kid. Was known to do really good back flips. This one went all wrong, now he’s gone.
Got the whole world in His hands.
Whodda thunk it? /s>
I don't spend a lot of time pondering it precisely because what you said there is true. As null and void said "it is humbling" though when you do think about it.
I take two lessons from it that I try to push myself to remember and embrace. The first is to not take foolish risks and to be mindful of what I am doing at all times. The second is to not be fearful of doing what is necessary or of taking on big challenges. ie life should not be taken for granted but at the same time should not be guarded and saved for some future time which has no guarantee of coming.
It sounds like a philosophical balance to be maintained but I think that balance is entirely an intellectual exercise. In reality there is no balance to maintain just what is appropriate in the moment to do.
"State Representative Michael Jackson of Baton Rouge says the US Justice Department has asked the FBI to investigate Temple's death. Jackson says the point of the investigation is to see if Temple's civil rights were violated. A Justice Department spokesman confirms that the agency is looking into the shooting."
A pistol is what you carry at your side so you can fight your way back to get the shoulder weapon you should have had with you in the first place.
That is, when a crew-served weapon is not available.
Bath salts can make you mean, ugly and hard of hearing.
“Meanwhile in Torrance the police can shoot a hundred rounds at two little old ladies in a pickup truck and only manage to get half of them on the truck and only two into one of the ladies.
In their defense, she was a small lady...”
Damned with faint praise - and How!
Hard of dying too. After the bullet behind the ear, he glared at the shooter with rage and TWICE attempted to get up to pummel him.
Ping to # 39—sounds like a tag line.
Now, it took 5 shots from a 45 caliber pistol to down him. What kind of drugs was he on?
Comment of the day.
W-88: For those times when a minor caliber just won't do ...
Harrison = Zimmerman
Temple = Saint Trayvon
“Hard of dying too. After the bullet behind the ear, he glared at the shooter with rage and TWICE attempted to get up to pummel him.”
D@mn, what kind of drugs was he on?
Colt 45 malt liquor?
I said that because I am glad the officer didn’t consider the guy saving his life to also be a threat to him, because he had a gun and had been firing it in his general direction.
Like many, many cops today would. These people are chasing dogs down that are running away from them inside houses, and shooting them to death. These are cops who run through someone’s yard, that has a dog out in the yard, and shoot the dog going through the yard. These are the cops who in NYC shot nine bystanders mutiple times, just standing in the same area a guy they actually wanted, was.
They generally shoot first and apologize to the living later. “OFFICER SAFETY” is generally now the 1st and highest priority and everything else be damned.
You come to the aid of a cop in danger and they you may very well be mistaken by the cop as a threat and shot by the cop.