Don’t point guns at the Police
Paraplegic killed by police after officer shot during siege
A wheelchair-bound paraplegic was killed by police in Christchurch late last night after he shot a member of the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS). Police said the 40-year-old man was thought to have shot "in excess of 100 rounds of both shotgun and 308 into houses in the cul-de-sac where he lives" before being fatally shot. Inspector Rick Jury said that the man suffered from a head injury, was possibly suicidal, and that alcohol could have been involved in the incident. "He contacted family members today saying [Sunday] that he was suicidal but I understand he did make threats to police via the negotiating team who were in contact with him," Mr Jury said. Officers had rushed to Wadhurst Place in Burnside about 9pm after receiving reports that a man was firing a shotgun and a .308 rifle.
You know me, I’m Mr Liberal but there really is a threshold and the threshold is when you point a gun at a cop. I give cops a lot of stick about most things, but on this there can be little sympathy, yes the guy is in a wheelchair with a head injury and was boozed up, but he not only shot round after round into neighbouring houses, he also shot a cop. You shoot at a cop and you give them zero options in response other than more force. It looks like our miserably funded mental health service has failed once again.