Police work is reactive in more ways than one. Often, the opponent gets in the first blow or even the first shot. It’s imperative that an officer knows how to fight back even in physically and/or positional disadvantaged circumstances.
In Case One, Jacksonville officer Jared Reston was shot by surprise. His attacker pumped seven .45 hardball rounds into him, leaving him down on his back. Gunfire had taken out his support arm, but he remembers looking at his opponent’s blazing pistol and thinking, “I’ve got one of those, too.” Unable to rise due to his wounds, he drew and fired strong-hand-only from the ground, coolly and consciously using his sights. In moments, his opponent was down and dead, hit seven times by Jared and his Glock 22. The courageous officer has since returned to full duty.
In Case Two, another would-be cop-killer shot the officer by surprise. Sgt. Marcus Young of the Ukiah, California Police Department was processing a female suspect when her male partner whipped out a five-shot .38 and emptied it into Young, and then stabbed a security guard who tried to assist the officer. The gunman then dove into the patrol car for the full-auto .223 patrol rifle racked in the front seat.