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Intense video - SC trooper shot

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by peacenik, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. peacenik

    peacenik Active Member

  2. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    Intense video alright.

    That trooper kept a clear enough mind to call for help and to keep running from the BG, but it does not sound like he ever drew his pistol to return fire during the entire encounter. I know he was shot in the hand and gut/vest, but it didn't seem that he was incapacitated to the point where he couldn't fight back.
  3. Blackbeard

    Blackbeard Well-Known Member

    It looks like they both lived. The officer in the video is Sgt. James Sinkler, who was shot in the bulletproof vest and the hand. Trooper Darren Wilson -- the one who arrived off camera to back up Sgt. Sinkler -- was awarded the IACP National Trooper of the Year award for his actions that night.

    The driver, Eric Maradiaga, pleaded guilty to the shooting of Sgt. Sinkler. He was sentenced to 20 years for assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Press Release

    Another link

    P.S. According to the vest maker's website, Sgt. Sinkler was shot with a .357 Magnum.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2008
  4. csmkersh

    csmkersh Well-Known Member

    If you'll look in the upper right sidebar, you'll see he shot the suspect.
  5. lvcat2004

    lvcat2004 Well-Known Member

    Wow, intense. Good thing he had a vest. I think the trooper did everything right by retreating and calling back-up. I would've tempted to draw and empty my mag on the BG right then and there....
  6. .cheese.

    .cheese. Well-Known Member

    20 years? That's all?
  7. Blackbeard

    Blackbeard Well-Known Member

  8. Says "alien". Does that insinuate he's illegal?
  9. conw

    conw Well-Known Member

    There's a version of this floating around on YouTube, I think, that has commentary from the trooper...they actually did a good job of reconstructing his face. You can hardly tell unless you look closely.

    The perp's gun actually jammed, and it looks like an auto to me. He tried to grab the cop's gun.

    Edit: Oops, different video. Disregard.
  10. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    No. There are many alien situations that are legal. Resident alien, non resident alien etc.

    Can't tell by just the term "alien" whether it's legal or not.

    "Alien" simply means he's not a US Citizen.
  11. DEDON45

    DEDON45 Well-Known Member

    Too bad the perp didn't fully get what he deserved. There's a huge witch hunt going on right now down here involving the Highway Patrol, etc. and I fear it will only make the criminal element bolder than usual.
  12. Did I hear the suspect say, "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!" right before you hear a rapid burst of 5 shots (which apparently failed to hit/kill the perpetrator?) Granted, if the man still had a weapon while saying this, it would be moot. I'm just wondering...

    -Sans Authoritas
  13. peacenik

    peacenik Active Member

    I saw it at thestate.com

    Yeah, I'm from SC, too, and have been watching this unfold, and share your concerns. In some cases, it does appear that the SCHP went over-the-top. But certainly, this shows how tough the job can be. Here's another, where the woman just wouldn't give up her registration and driver's license. The cop (rightfully) tasers her:


    Sorry girl, but we gotta have rules. The officer asks for your papers, you show 'em to him.
  14. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully they whaled on this guy like they did in some of the other SCHP brutality vidoes that have been popping up lately. Not saying the other guys deserved it, but this guy did.

    I know you can't do that... but if anyone deserves it, it's this guy.
  15. BruceRDucer

    BruceRDucer Well-Known Member


    My heart really went out to the trooper who was wounded. I would gladly have been there to assist him.

    The video from Peacenik was very interesting. I don't even think the woman was drunk or stoned, and she was still rebellious enough to resist. No sympathy for her at all.
  16. LawBot5000

    LawBot5000 Well-Known Member

    With all the abuses going on in the war on drugs, I don't understand why they are going after the police in instances like this where it clearly self defense.
  17. Cannonball888

    Cannonball888 Well-Known Member

    Seems a bit careless to me, especially at night. I've never seen a cop open someones door during a traffic stop. This trooper had both his hands full: his gun hand holding a flashlight and his other hand holding the suspect's car door handle. Might have gone differently if he kept to the rear and asked the guy to step out.
  18. Peacenik,
    There's that "rules for the sake of rules" attitude again.

    Absolutely. Every worker-unit must surrender its traveling papers if demanded by a representative of the State, because it is a RULE, and it is a rule because it is a RULE! Failure to follow the RULES results in being Tasered into compliance. Before the Taser, it should have resulted in getting batoned or OC'ed. Because failing to show your papers is a threat to the life and safety of the State and its Agent. Absolutely unacceptable.

    "The original of this scene in another country was calculated to excite the indignation of those whom it could not impose on: the mimicry of it here is too humiliating to excite any feeling but shame."

    -Thomas Jefferson

    Sorry, I'm feeling a little ill right now.

    -Sans Authoritas
  19. hankdatank1362 wrote:
    So, after the threat is neutralized, you think the perpetrator should be beaten in a fit of rage and revenge? Remind me, Hank, are you a Statute Enforcement Officer?

    -Sans Authoritas
  20. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Well-Known Member

    Wondering what??? How to figure out a way to make the dirtbag who shot a cop the victim here???

    So tell us what he was supposed to do? He had the right to ask for ID and vehicle paperwork, was he just supposed to let her go?

    Probably not, but you really need a lesson on who good guys and bad guys are.





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