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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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  • Me_in_car_max600_max50


    about 2 years ago


    Glad he is still with us. Guess it depends on what neighborhood you have to patrol. Glad there are Officers that are on patrol in these areas. Kudos!!

  • Crazy2_max50


    about 2 years ago


    Some people are just a lighting rod for trouble, keep up the good work.

  • Masonb2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    next article: "area police officer uses police sirens often"

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago the problem is what exactly? What needs to be explained? Why he fired his weapon, why he didn't let the insane lawyer pop a cap in someones ass...he didn't let the crazy ombre beat a fellow officer with his steel pipe? I'd of done the same, three to the chest. Well done.

  • Image0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Please, if you had an entire department and, for arguments sake, there was only one officer involved shooting it would be the same situation.That officer would have the highest incidence of officer involved shootings.Sounds like a case of someone wanting to cause trouble. If the officer was cleared move on, let the officer be for doing his job.

  • Grad_08_044_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like a well trained SWAT operator to me

  • Cimg0079_max50


    over 4 years ago


    keep up the good work sir

  • Mom_myspace_pic_max50


    over 4 years ago


    we live in the wild west and I swear its getting wilder. I am not surprised by the increase in use of force. Our LEOs are targets out here, its sad but true. This is why we have commites to look into the use of force after it happens. He has been cleared 6 times. I say let him do his job and leave him alone. I am out of beds anyway and the state is broke. Stay safe brother and watch your back.

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good boy Hero in my book Big Jim Cirillo of the NYPD stake out squad in over 250 armed encounters shot 17 bad guys and was the modern day gunfighter and heavy weight champion of gun fighting what would Sgt Clark say to that. Keep up the great work James peters cause" YOUR EITHER SWAT OR YA NOT" STAY SAFE SHOOT FIRST

  • 362_max50


    over 4 years ago


    S.W.A.T. Special WEAPONS And Tactics. If you don't expect someone to get shot, don't call them! I wasn't there. So with what has been presented...Good Job Officer! You are again going home alive and to your family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I would rather see news like this, instead of receiving another Officer Down message in my inbox.

  • Dhs_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My kind of cop. Wish he was my partner!!!

  • Bear-e2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Scottsdale isn't Mayberry RFD...I'm not shocked at all...I guess I'm more amazed at the Sgt.'s comment...

  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What is Sgt Clark .......... " Absolutely Amazed "......... about ? That an Officer was actually justified 6 times ? That an Officer made correct decisions 6 times ? That an Officer actually followed his training properly 6 times ?
    The Sarge should keep his " Amazement " to himself and put a cork in it with the Media. This LEO is " Amazed " at your stupid comment.

  • Newpatch_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Ever heard the ole saying, "If an officer never does any work, he will never get in trouble?" Sounds like this a a good officer, who knows how to handle serious situations. It might sound excessive, but don't judge him until you witness his work in action.

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