Shoot or Do Not Shoot?

Thanks to police blogger extraordinaire Raindog over at Raindogblue for the idea to write this post.

If you have not visited RD's place, his unique observations, verse, and photography are worth it.

Authorities believe Brandon Mellon inadvertently shot himself in the leg recently while in his vehicle in Pasco, WA.

When the injury occurred, Mellon was readying a firearm after he mistakenly believed that he was about to be stopped by police.

Wanted for murder in the shooting death of Allen Lommasson and evidently having no interest in being arrested again, reportedly he was ready to fight.

The bullet struck an artery in Mellon's leg and he was later transported to the hospital.

Assuming the details are accurate as being reported, let's look at this incident.

A convicted felon who is being accused of a murder believes police are near his vehicle.

He is not exactly certain why officers are approaching.

Did police know who he was?

Or, was he being stopped for speeding or some other unrelated minor traffic offense?

Not taking chances, Mellon holds the gun hidden between his legs, finger on the trigger, and waits.

Then "BANG" the gun goes off.

With the disadvantage of not knowing, an approaching officer would have had only a moment to see the Mellon's gun, assess the threat, and make a decision to use force.

Sound familiar?

Certainly this has similarities to the shooting in Yakima (WA) that I discussed a couple of weeks ago.

Now, in that case Rocendo Arias was shot by Officer Casey Gillette who approached Arias' vehicle in a parking lot. Gillette reportedly fired after after he saw Arias holding what turned out to be a pellet gun.

Officer approaches the unknown.

Split second decision.

Certainly, not an easy one to make in either the Mellon or Arias' cases with lives on the line.


Anonymous said...

holding a gun with the police at your car is never going to end well

~Sia McKye~ said...

Too many people with the idea of a last stand. It is hard to be an officer having to access a situation in seconds. Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're not. And a few are too quick on that trigger.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

messymimi said...

It's why, if you have nothing to hide, you keep your hands in plain sight, and wait for permission to go digging for your license and registration and insurance papers. The officer needs to see you aren't a threat.

That's one thing i don't envy, among many, in a police officer's job, having to decide if a person is a threat or not.

Stephen Tremp said...

Its a crazy world out there. NO wonder I often see backup arrive before the police approach a car they pulled over.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Not so smart, huh?

Pat Hatt said...

Guess he got what he deserved. It is a tricky situation indeed, wouldn't want to be in that type.

Stephanie said...

I do not envy the work or situations Police find themselves in...

Jeanette Levellie said...

Stories like this always make me glad I did not choose law enforcement as a profession. If I was wearing a hat, I'd take it off to all the men and women who risk their lives to protect ours. Since I don't have a hat on today, I'll say a prayer for them. That works better, anyway.

Brian Miller said...

eh, i think this guy is poor decision after poor decision...hold a gun with the cops approach...not a great idea....

Maxi said...

Too many officers have lost their lives at a simple traffic stop.

Ask yourself this: You have one second — your life is on the line — do you hesitate or save yourself?

blessings ~ maxi

Lady Lilith said...

The world is a crazy place to live in.

terri said...

I would not want to be a law enforcement officer in today's crazy world.

Bob G. said...

Looks like this jerk's karma caught up to his dogma (and got run over).
Good story.

Stay safe out there.