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Bobarino
June 23, 2006, 06:48 PM
Confusion Over Handgun Leads To Officer-Involved Shooting

June 22, 2006

By KOMO Staff

http://www.komotv.com/stories/44059.htm


A Kitsap County deputy who thought he was firing a Taser was actually holding a real gun and shot a man who was holed up in a tree.

Confusion Over Handgun Leads To Officer-Involved Shooting



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BREMERTON - The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has placed a deputy on administrative leave after the deputy shot and wounded a man in a tree with his gun instead of a Taser, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy meant to fire the Taser and not his gun on Thursday, but grabbed the wrong weapon, sheriff's office spokesman Scott Wilson told the Kitsap Sun.

The deputy has been with the sheriff's office for five years.

Deputies carry both a Taser and a gun on their utility belts. The Taser used is similar in shape to the 40-caliber compact model gun the deputy used, Wilson said.

The Taser is a handheld weapon that delivers an electric shock via two stainless steel barbs.

The man had been climbed high up a fig tree and had been there for several hours.

The shooting is under investigation by State Patrol detectives, Wilson said.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was wounded in the leg and airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in satisfactory condition.

Deputies and Bremerton Fire and Rescue personnel were called to the site of the tree after an employee of a local business reported the man had climbed the tree and was acting strangely. The man had been in the tree and talking to himself when one employee arrived at work at 7:30 a.m.

Deputies and rescue personnel attempted to coax the man from the tree for almost two hours before he was shot. During that time, the man was becoming increasingly hostile toward rescue personnel and deputies trying to get him out of the tree, witness David Blakeslee told the newspaper.

Deputies were unsure whether the man was intoxicated, on drugs, or possibly experiencing a psychotic episode. They wanted to get him down before he hurt himself or others, Wilson said.

One deputy attempted to discharge a Taser at the man, but when it did not work asked another deputy to fire a Taser. Instead of grabbing the Taser, the deputy grabbed and fired the gun, Wilson said.

Blakeslee, an employee with nearby B&B Auto Repair, described the man's reaction to getting shot.

"He said, 'Ow, that hurt, I'm coming down, I'm coming down,"' Blakeslee said.

The man climbed down the tree on his own where medical personnel were waiting, Blakeslee said.

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Biker
June 23, 2006, 07:01 PM
"Ow, that hurt...".

Why am I laughing so hard?

Biker

torpid
June 23, 2006, 07:07 PM
Oh dear- was the tree o.k.?!!

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Bobarino
June 23, 2006, 07:07 PM
[Ricky Ricardo] Someone's got some 'splainin' to do!! [/Ricky Ricardo]

if i remember right the X26 is patterned after Glocks. i think the sights are different though. quite the boo-boo. me thinks an officer will be working on his resume' in a few days.

Bobby

Vern Humphrey
June 23, 2006, 07:08 PM
Never fry bacon in the nude. Trust me...

Hmmm . . . You're a Kitsap County Deputy, right?:p

Biker
June 23, 2006, 07:13 PM
Hey Vern, *I* didn't step on it!

Biker:neener:

Chipperman
June 23, 2006, 07:18 PM
Dupe:
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=207044

Interesting that this link says the cop was a man, and the other says it was a woman. :confused:

Bobarino
June 23, 2006, 07:42 PM
dang, sorry. i looked first but obviously not hard enough. sorry 'bout that.

Bobby

Vern Humphrey
June 23, 2006, 08:07 PM
Hey Vern, *I* didn't step on it!

There's gotta be a story behind that, but I don't want to hear it.:neener:

Interesting that this link says the cop was a man, and the other says it was a woman.

It was a transmute. Washington State's getting as bad as California.:D

MIL-DOT
June 23, 2006, 08:10 PM
i guess it was just dumb luck that he didn't grab his 870 !!!!

ABTOMAT
June 23, 2006, 08:21 PM
"I'm the only one in this room professional enough to handle a Taser."

Car Knocker
June 23, 2006, 09:10 PM
i guess it was just dumb luck that he didn't grab his 870 !!!!

Know many cops with an 870 on her duty belt?

MechAg94
June 23, 2006, 09:23 PM
All Tasers should have the front of the gun painted bright orange so don't mistake it for a real gun.

So when did the Taser Quick Draw become popular?

jerkface11
June 23, 2006, 09:24 PM
We're supposed to believe the cop grabbed the real gun on accident? Yeah sure.

Tim L
June 23, 2006, 09:24 PM
Hmm, depending on how high up the tree he was it's probably better that the officer didn't use the tazer, the fall could have killed or seriously injured the climber. then again if the officer were a better shot... no win situation for the officer.

Tim

Biker
June 23, 2006, 09:32 PM
I'm still chuckling....

"Ow, that hurts...."

"It's SUPPOSED to hurt, Tree Boy!"

Sorry, can't help it...

Biker

ABTOMAT
June 23, 2006, 09:51 PM
This reminds of me of Officer Tackleberry and the cat in the tree. :)

offthepaper
June 23, 2006, 10:10 PM
" They wanted to get him down before he hurt himself or others, Wilson said."
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Taz someone up in a tree? The story does'nt say how high up he was. Could have easily caused the man's death.
Me thinks the guys got a good cause for lawsuit. Exactly what law was he breaking to be shot out of a tree like a squirrell :D by a Tazer or FA ? Story also does'nt say if a trained negociator was called or if the LEO on the scene did'nt just order him down a couple of times and declare...
"Stand back folks! Don't worry, I'm a trained professional.
This'll git 'em down!...Oh sh^t!" :what:

jerkface11
June 24, 2006, 06:13 PM
So what would have happened if one of us had shot a crazy guy out of a tree? Assault with a deadly weapon? Attempted murder? I bet this guy doesn't even lose his job.

espanola
June 24, 2006, 06:46 PM
"Huh? Oh, right. I 'confused' my handgun with my taser. Sorry about that, chief."

DnPRK
June 24, 2006, 06:56 PM
Even if the Deputy had used a taser, what happens when someone with NO motor control falls out of a tree? Best case is bumps & bruises, worst case is a broken neck and possible death. I'd say the Deputy may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Vern Humphrey
June 24, 2006, 07:05 PM
In one of the "Police Academy" comedies, there is a scene where a woman tells a cop, "My kitty won't come down from that tree." The cop draws a .44 Mag, cocks it and says, "No problem, Ma'am."

Until now, I never really though there were actual cops or deputies that dumb.

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