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Sgt. ‘Absolutely Amazed’ at Officer’s Sixth Shooting

Sgt. ‘Absolutely Amazed’ at Officer’s Sixth Shooting


February 22, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Officer James Peters was involved in his sixth police shooting this week, and his department is now responding to anonymous criticism by defending his record.

“We’re scratching our heads because we’re absolutely amazed,” said Sgt. Mark Clark, the spokesman for the Scottsdale Police department.

Peters’ six shootings are the most of any officer in the state according to a report by local TV station KPHO. His first shooting happened at a domestic SWAT situation. Since then, Peters fired shots at a disbarred lawyer carrying a shotgun, a man who attacked another officer with a pipe and a gunman holding a hostage in a supermarket.

Local TV reports have questioned the department’s ability to remain unbiased in their treatment of Peters. However, in all of his past shooting incidents, multiple police and county attorney investigations ruled Peters’ shootings justified.

“It’s just one of those things where I don’t know if we’re ever going to be able to explain it. I don’t know if you are ever going to be able to explain it. It happened. Every single case, this officer that the investigations were completed on, he reacted exactly the way officers are trained to react,” said Clark.

Peters is a 10-year veteran of the Scottsdale Police department.

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