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Bystander Fired Deadly Shot, Not Officer
WAFB NEWS 9 ^ | Mar. 8, 2013 | Jim Shannon

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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9 News is told George Temple has a criminal record, and Officer Harrison was involved in a shooting while employed as a prison guard in East Baton Rouge Parish, where he was suspended for three days back in 1995.
1 posted on 03/08/2013 5:06:51 PM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

It sounds like Temple knows a little PCP.

Good to see a citizen help to thin the herd a little.


2 posted on 03/08/2013 5:10:01 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Well, a .45 to the brain stem will certainly stop most altercations.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 5:10:07 PM PST by EternalVigilance (America's Party - SelfGovernment.US)
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To: EXCH54FE

The shot hit Temple in the temple. Would have been better for him if his name had been George Balls.


4 posted on 03/08/2013 5:14:05 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: EternalVigilance

Only problem I see is officer Harrison needed to carry a larger caliber sidearm. .45 ACP - Bigger holes are better holes (usually).


5 posted on 03/08/2013 5:14:09 PM PST by Don Carlos (01/20/2009 - Begin the Obama Interregnum. Will it ever end?)
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To: EternalVigilance
Apparently, 4 ea .45ACP plus 1 ea ???(9mm? .40S&W?) to the torso were NOT enough to stop this particular altercation. It took the headshot to stop it. Something to keep in mind ...

Remember: pistols are pistols, rifles are rifles, shotguns are shotguns. Even a "powerful" pistol is really kinda marginal.

6 posted on 03/08/2013 5:15:06 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: EXCH54FE

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.


7 posted on 03/08/2013 5:15:53 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: AppyPappy

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.


8 posted on 03/08/2013 5:19:34 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: EternalVigilance
Well, a .45 to the brain stem will certainly stop most altercations.

One would think that the four previous shots to the torso would have been quite sufficient.

9 posted on 03/08/2013 5:20:33 PM PST by Bob
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To: AppyPappy

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.

HEAD SHOT!

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.


10 posted on 03/08/2013 5:21:58 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
You never know. I recall a news story in the '60s about a guy found wandering along the railroad tracks near where I lived with six slugs from a .357 in his head. He didn't know who he was or what had happened but he was up and walking the tracks. Said he "had a headache."

OTOH you can take a little fall hit your head on the edge of the counter and it's lights out for good.

11 posted on 03/08/2013 5:22:32 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: EXCH54FE

The Officer is lucky.........when seconds count, an armed law abiding citizen is only seconds away.


12 posted on 03/08/2013 5:24:02 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (STERILIZE OBAMA VOTERS)
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To: Secret Agent Man

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.


13 posted on 03/08/2013 5:26:40 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: EXCH54FE
and Officer Harrison was involved in a shooting while employed as a prison guard in East Baton Rouge Parish, where he was suspended for three days back in 1995.

Not to defend police officers for any reason, but it's generally standard department policy to suspend with pay any officer involved in a fatal shooting no matter what the circumstances. Not saying his 1995 shooting was justified, just that even if it was totally justified, his suspension would probably still show up on his record.
14 posted on 03/08/2013 5:27:23 PM PST by Tailback
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To: EXCH54FE

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...


15 posted on 03/08/2013 5:27:55 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: AppyPappy
..who fired the fatal shot into the head of George Temple.

I wonder if Temple was shot in the temple?

16 posted on 03/08/2013 5:28:58 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: EXCH54FE
While looking for a picture of George Temple, I found this. The shooting took place seven years ago on 2/17/06! But you'd never know it looking at the article. In fact, you might think it had happened yesterday. Effing media. Gotta keep 'em riled up and the pressure on.
17 posted on 03/08/2013 5:29:46 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: EXCH54FE; All

This incident occurred 17 February, 2006.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1586892/posts


18 posted on 03/08/2013 5:30:23 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Don Carlos
Only problem I see is officer Harrison needed to carry a larger caliber sidearm. .45 ACP - Bigger holes are better holes (usually).

A little bullet in the face or throat also does wonders. Always take the head shot if you can.

19 posted on 03/08/2013 5:31:30 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: TigersEye

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.


20 posted on 03/08/2013 5:32:53 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: LibWhacker
Stephens was wearing a neck brace, a body brace, and a leg brace, and walking with the aid of a cane.

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.

21 posted on 03/08/2013 5:34:07 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: TigersEye

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.


22 posted on 03/08/2013 5:34:34 PM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: TigersEye
OTOH you can take a little fall hit your head on the edge of the counter and it's lights out for good.

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.

23 posted on 03/08/2013 5:36:33 PM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Lancey Howard
IF this had happened in Philly, and IF he wasn't dead at the scene, they could have taken him to...

24 posted on 03/08/2013 5:36:47 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: wastedyears

LOL,

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.”


25 posted on 03/08/2013 5:38:55 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

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.


26 posted on 03/08/2013 5:39:44 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: LibWhacker
Well, They got me that time. Your Link to the 2006 story was even better that my post. Yes I did think the shooting happened yesterday.

Effing media, slow news day and they repeat/reprint..

27 posted on 03/08/2013 5:40:12 PM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416 "It’s one thing to make a law, It’s another to enforce it.")
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To: deoetdoctrinae
And if he had just left his place of worship the headline could have been...

Temple Shot In Temple After Leaving Temple Was Sent To Temple.

28 posted on 03/08/2013 5:47:04 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: EXCH54FE
I remember a time in the USA when the majority of ordinary citizens routinely backed the cops in altercations.
A time when the cops were considered uniformed representatives of the local community, and it was shocking when one of them abused their authority.

While I applaud Mr.Perry for acting.

I myself might have hesitated...

29 posted on 03/08/2013 5:50:17 PM PST by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: EXCH54FE
bystander who fired the fatal shot into the head of George Temple.

So, Temple was shot in the temple?

30 posted on 03/08/2013 5:52:28 PM PST by umgud
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To: TigersEye
I have long marveled at how human beings are simultaneously so tough and so fragile.

Me too.

It's rather humbling.

31 posted on 03/08/2013 6:03:35 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Temple was black. Harrison and Stephens are white.

This from the “weallbe” blog.


32 posted on 03/08/2013 6:06:36 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: null and void

“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!


33 posted on 03/08/2013 6:07:36 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: QBFimi

I just love a story with a happy ending!


34 posted on 03/08/2013 6:09:13 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: TigersEye

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.


35 posted on 03/08/2013 6:10:05 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: QBFimi

Well Jeez,

Whodda thunk it? /s>


36 posted on 03/08/2013 6:11:08 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat; null and void
“When your time is up, your time is up.”

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.

37 posted on 03/08/2013 6:25:14 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: EXCH54FE
The decedent, in the middle.

"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."

38 posted on 03/08/2013 6:27:18 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: ArrogantBustard

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.


39 posted on 03/08/2013 6:46:54 PM PST by SargeK
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To: EXCH54FE

Bath salts can make you mean, ugly and hard of hearing.


40 posted on 03/08/2013 6:58:17 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
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To: null and void

“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!

;-)


41 posted on 03/08/2013 7:12:25 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

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.


42 posted on 03/08/2013 7:24:34 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: carriage_hill

Ping to # 39—sounds like a tag line.


43 posted on 03/08/2013 7:33:35 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: EXCH54FE
Mr. Stevens fires four shots, all of which struck Mr. Temple....and he fires a fifth shot and that hits his head.,

Now, it took 5 shots from a 45 caliber pistol to down him. What kind of drugs was he on?

44 posted on 03/08/2013 7:42:03 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Electric Graffiti

Comment of the day.


45 posted on 03/08/2013 7:45:16 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: SargeK
Heh ...

Crew served?

W-88: For those times when a minor caliber just won't do ...

46 posted on 03/08/2013 7:55:52 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: EXCH54FE
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.

Harrison = Zimmerman

Temple = Saint Trayvon

47 posted on 03/08/2013 8:03:17 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: null and void

“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?


48 posted on 03/08/2013 8:29:40 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite; Texas Fossil
D@mn, what kind of drugs was he on?

Colt 45 malt liquor?

49 posted on 03/08/2013 8:37:37 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

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.


50 posted on 03/08/2013 8:44:52 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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