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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.
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.