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Park Police Forced to Shoot Man Who Refused to Drop Gun

Associated Press

June 07, 2011

HAINS POINT, DC – An officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly refused to drop a gun during an overnight encounter with police at Hains Point, a U.S. Park Police spokesman said.

The man was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries, and police continue to investigate what prompted the shooting in Southwest Washington, said Sgt. David Schlosser, the spokesman.

During a routine patrol after the park closed, an officer came upon a n armed man sitting in a car around 1:25 a.m., Schlosser said.

The officer requested assistance, Schlosser said. At some point, the man got out of the vehicle and the officer repeatedly told him to drop his handgun, Schlosser said. The man refused, according to Schlosser, and the officer opened fire.

It’s not clear why the man was in the parking area or why he was armed, Schlosser said. The man’s identity was not released, but Schlosser described him as an adult male.

East Potomac Park remained closed Tuesday morning as police investigate the shooting.


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    circle8

    almost 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    Maybe it was that New York congressman who like to send photos of himself on the internet. Yep maybe it was Congressman Weiner playing with his weenie. What an idiot.

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    uncledennis1

    almost 3 years ago

    23114 Comments

    foxblood. Race would not play a role in this incident. Why would you axe? The main thing is the good guys were okay.

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    tremor2

    almost 3 years ago

    430 Comments

    It really didn't matter what race he was; a man sitting in a car alone and armed in a public park at 1:25am likely was contemplating doing harm to himself. Recent studies have shown that over 30% of officer involved shootings are actually 'suicide-by-cop' when thorough investigations/interviews are conducted of the friends & family of the deceased. Can't imagine why else this man would exit his vehicle with a handgun in his possession and refuse to drop it.

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    It's a really simple concept - DROP THE GUN! if you can't comply with that request expect to be shot. We have the right to go home safe to our families.

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    CAZ

    almost 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    BUMP to Robocop33 and Irishcop1961

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    95Zcar

    almost 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Drop the gun!

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    esu

    almost 3 years ago

    498 Comments

    gotta do whatya gotta do.......

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    jlandreth

    almost 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    The officer was doing what he needed to to get home at the end of his shift. Sorry he had to shoot someone to do it. Almost sounds like the man wanted to commit suicide by cop.

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    ChickenGeorge

    almost 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    He did what he add to do leave nothing to chance!

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    foxblood

    almost 3 years ago

    396 Comments

    I wonder if he was white or black. I wonder if he owned the gun legally and thought it was his constitutional right to bare arms? Or I wonder if he dangerous and needed to be stopped. This is why police do these things. The police don’t know the intention of the man. However this is a great example of good police work. The man was being detained, refused to comply with the officers commands and the threat had to be neutralized. The officer goes home untouched and the gun carrier is not dead. A+ =]

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 3 years ago

    45970 Comments

    See the threat, stop the threat. Go home at the end of your shift.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 3 years ago

    10918 Comments

    Glad the officer is OK. Hope they figure out what the guy was doing up there. Like others have said, probably there to kill himself and couldn't do it.

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 3 years ago

    10478 Comments

    Glad the officer went home safe. This sounds like a suicidal person who couldn't do it himself so decided on suicide by cop. Both of his ideas failed that night.

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    Robocop33

    almost 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Suicide by cop. They should have given him his damn wish. We have lost more than the normal number of our brothers so far this year.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    OFFICER GOES HOME, GOOD SHOOT

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