By Wyatt Earp | January 19, 2009
And already, the local media is crucifying the Philadelphia Police Department for the “excessive force.” (This is the third criminal killed by police this year.) Personally, I would rather the toads take a dirt nap before a co-worker, but that’s just me.
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police say one of the officers responding to a domestic disturbance shot and killed a man after he allegedly tried to grab a police baton.
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore says police were called to the second floor of a residence in northeast Philadelphia at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, where they encountered a male who became combative. Vanore says he was told the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
During the struggle, Vanore says, the man tried to take one of the officer’s nightsticks, and he also reportedly tried to grab a knife at one point.
One of the officers fired a single shot, striking the man in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. (H/T - FOX29)
Domestic disturbances are probably the most dangerous calls that we handle, if for no other reason than because they are so unpredictable. Officers also go to these calls with their guards down, and that’s when people get hurt.
In this case, we have one toad killed, and no officers hurt. Sounds like a good job to me.