By Wyatt Earp | June 1, 2010
A police officer’s job is difficult and stressful enough without the help of outside idiots. However, when said idiots insert themselves into dangerous situations, the results are usually tragic – for one party or the other. Such was the case this weekend, when a Jersey man was shot and killed by officers after pointing a gun at them.
Police later realized that the weapon was a fake.
A man accused of domestic violence pointed what appeared to be a gun at police and was fatally shot by an officer, prosecutors said. The weapon 43-year-old Richard Nordstrom had actually was an imitation, Ocean County prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said Monday.
Manchester police went to Nordstrom’s home around 2 p.m. Sunday after a relative called 911 and claimed Nordstrom had physically assaulted him. Family members told the officers that Nordstrom was in an unattached garage in the back of the property.
When the officers reached the garage, they saw Nordstrom holding a lighter and pouring gasoline on and around himself. They ordered him to drop the lighter, which he did. However, Ford said, Nordstrom then pointed the fake gun at an officer, who shot him several times.
I feel badly for the victim of the original assault, and the officers who have to live with the fact that shot and killed a man with a fake gun. The dead piece of filth? He’ll get no sympathy from me.