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Police Shoot, Kill New Jersey Man

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.

Topics: The Job | 18 Comments »

18 Responses to “Police Shoot, Kill New Jersey Man”

  1. John D Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Textbook suicide-by-cop. But don’t worry, some clueless loudmouth agitator will show up to criticize the cops for not submitting the gun to forensic analysis before firing. And calls for stricter laws against toy guns are on the horizon as well.

  2. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Suicide by cop… asshat…

    My condolences to the officer, for having to endure that for life. I hope he can put that memory behind him, eventually.

  3. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    John D – or more fuel to the doctrine of having to shoot to an appendage, instead of center-mass.

  4. Rick Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I hope the officer will be able to find some peace.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    John D – Maybe Sharpton is enroute.

    Smite – Yeah, a terrible situation for the officers involved.

    Rick – As do I.

  6. Randal Graves Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I would have let him light himself on fire. That’d be awesome. Someone bring the s’mores, bitches!

  7. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Along with Randall, I’d have used tracers and yelled…”Flame On”…just before firing.

  8. Robbie Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    If they were there on a domestic violence call, shoot first ask questions later, it’s obvious the guy was violent ! Ahhh, screw um, no loss just another psycho gone, he most likely would have gone on to kill his own family or something sick like that.

  9. proof Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    The moral is: Never take a toy gun to a gun fight.

  10. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I just hope this Yahoo’s family hasn’t lawyered up and found a local ACLU hack to take the case and sue the Police Department.

    “But, he had a right to carry a toy gun, try to light himself on fire and physically assault one of his family. What kind of place would America be, if you don’t have those fundamental rights?”

  11. metoo Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    “Come on, Baby, light my fire!” Nut jobs abound. I feel bad for the officer. Domestic violence calls have to be among the worst.

  12. Echosix Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    1/10 of a second to make up your mind. The rest of time to second guess yourself, as well as every random a’ole in town to second guess you and proclaim how they’d have done ot better.

  13. Ingineer66 Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    More than likely the cops saved us a bunch of money. If he would have lit himself on fire as police arrived they probably would have saved his dumb ass. Then we would have had to pick up the tab for a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of burn unit care until he died a painful death or lived to try again a few months later. And they likely also saved his family from being victims the next time he tried something like this.

  14. Drew Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I hate to tell every single one of you this, especially since none of you will believe it, but he was not suicidal.

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Randal – And played Jimi Hendrix’s “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire.”

    Jon – Thank you, Johnny Storm.

    Robbie – Or ripped the still-beating heart out of his sparring partner.

    Proof – Exactly. Gold star for you!

    Ferrell – They would have a case if he wrapped himself in an American flag.

    MeToo – They always are.

    Echosix – But that’s why we get paid the big bucks. Bawahahahahaha!

    Ingineer66 – The family may not realize it yet, but the officers did them a great service.

    Drew – I couldn’t speak as to whether he was suicidal or not, but he definitely had some serious issues.

  16. mrmacs Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I’d say that the perp was trying to make an “ash” of himself.

  17. Bob G. Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Maybe some NJ political douchebag will “try” to do what NYC wants to force on the officers:
    “shoot to WOUND”.
    But in JOISEY?
    (what exit?)

    Lesson to learned in “Perpism-101″:

  18. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    mrmacs – Or his family and the residence.

    Bob G – I don’t think the AYE-talians in North Jersey shoot to wound. Just sayin’.