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Posted: 10/9/2002 7:16:20 PM EDT
kind of short on details [url]http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20021008-0607-ca-policeshooting.html[/url] October 8, 2002 LOS ANGELES – Authorities have launched an investigation into whether a Redondo Beach police officer accidentally killed a suspected car thief by mistaking a shotgun for a beanbag stun gun, according to two reports published Tuesday. Authorities said a 40-year-old man was shot to death by a police officer Sunday following the conclusion of a high-speed pursuit. Officers were chasing the man who was allegedly driving a stolen sport-utility vehicle, police said. After the SUV crashed into a curb near Los Angeles International Airport, one of the officers fired his weapon and struck the driver. No other details of the shooting were released. But the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Breeze, citing unnamed police sources, reported that a preliminary investigation suggests the officer, who has not been identified, may have discharged the wrong gun. Instead of grabbing a weapon loaded with a "less lethal" beanbag round, the officer fired a shotgun, the newspapers reported. Redondo Beach Police Sgt. Phil Keenan declined to comment on the investigation, but did say no weapons were found on the man or inside the vehicle. The man's identity was being withheld, pending notification of his family. The shooting was being investigated by both the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:30:54 PM EDT
but i thought bean bag guns were just shotguns loaded with bean bag rounds?
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:34:30 PM EDT
that's what I thought too [img]http://www.pmcammo.com/pmc/images/FB12A.jpg[/img] any reason why they'd have two shotguns one with bb rounds one with out? why not just carry a few bean bag rounds?
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:40:53 PM EDT
remember that "toss across" (~?) game where you used the tiny bean bags to play tic-tac-toe (naughts and crosses for you DEEP southeners(Aussies)) [:)] Now those bean bag rounds would put a whole new 'twist' on that game [:D]
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:42:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:45:04 PM EDT
Bet the little fvcker won't steal a car again!
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:55:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aimless: I THINK!!! that some departments may have "bean bag guns" which, again I THINK, are shotguns that are supposed to be only loaded with beanbags and the stock and pump grip are bright orange or some other color to differentiate them from standard shotguns.
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I've seen some that were bright orange as well. They were even stenciled "Less Lethal" in black on the buttstock. Maybe the officer was colorblind. Not that any of this matters anyway. The important thing is that he went home safely after everything was said and done.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:55:42 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 7IDL: remember that "toss across" (~?) game where you used the tiny bean bags to play tic-tac-toe (naughts and crosses for you DEEP southeners(Aussies)) [:)] Now those bean bag rounds would put a whole new 'twist' on that game [:D]
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Your dating yourself![:D] Since I used to play that game in the seventies at my grandparent's house, I guess I am too! I would think the reason they would have two separate guns would be because maybe they leave the tubes loaded. Just not a round chambered. I agree though that there should be a color or other designation between the two shotguns. Something that doesn't let the perp know that it's not the real thing.
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 7:59:12 PM EDT
When anyone but a cop kills someone by accident, they face charges cops are above the law i guess
Link Posted: 10/9/2002 10:34:03 PM EDT
Can't say I feel sorry for the guy that got shot. People who do high speed getaways often end up killing innocents when they crash.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 1:06:02 AM EDT
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