OK, THIS Cop CAN Shoot!

I’ve written a couple of pieces on news stories on cops that can’t seem to shoot straight. It is my opinion that there is a misconception among the general public about the efficacy of the training regimens of police forces and the general level of marksmanship thereof. However, Officer Richard Silva of the Tucson Police Department can shoot. (Last story on the page)

Police wound man, say he fired twice at them

TUCSON – A man chasing his ex-wife with a handgun was injured this weekend when he shot at police and an officer returned fire, police said.

Tucson Police say the man, Bernie Duran, 55, was treated for a gunshot wound and booked into the Pima County Jail on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated assault on police officers and one count of kidnapping.

At 12:40 p.m. Saturday, a man called police to report that his mother-in-law was being held against her will by her ex-husband.

When police called the home, the woman was evasive on the phone but was apparently in distress, said Sgt. Judy Altieri, a Tucson Police spokeswoman. As officers reached the home, the woman ran out with Duran chasing her, Altieri said.

Duran fired two shots at Officer Richard Silva, 36, and Silva fired three times from about 180 feet away, striking Duran once, she said.

That’s about sixty yards at a running target. That’s damned good shooting, especially when your target is shooting back!

And lest you think I pick on cops too much, you might want to revisit “THIS is Why You Train”.

Carolyn Lisle could use some pointers, I think.

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