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Officer-involved shooting…

Good morning, Netizens...

I am sick to death of people getting killed by officer-involved shootings, such as the incident that took place this weekend. I am quick to concede that some of the people involved in these incidents did not deserve to die as in some cases, they did nothing wrong. I am also quick to concede that some of these people who were killed were their own worst enemies. You simply do not point a weapon at a peace officer, whether that weapon be a gun, a knife or other dangerous or deadly device.

From what little information that is currently available early this morning, purportedly there was a domestic violence call to Spokane Valley Police involving a man armed with a knife. When confronted by the police, the man refused to drop his knife and was shot by a deputy. Neither the names of the deceased nor the deputy involved have been released yet, as the entire affair is currently under investigation.

In my opinion, do not attempt to toss this incident atop the list of other recent officer-involved shootings. If the facts, such as they are presently available, are accurate, the minute the officer identified himself, the suspect should have dropped his knife like a hot potato. Additionally, in the words of a Sean Connery movie from past decades, you do not bring a knife to a gunfight.

The facts we have at our disposal at this juncture in time are scanty at best. Once we have the facts in their entirety we can then sharpen up our razor-sharp wits on the whetstone of public opinion, but not before.


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