Dashboard video of police officer’s 15-round justified shooting during traffic stop (video).

Dashboard video from a January traffic stop in Hamilton that…

Dashboard video from a January traffic stop in Hamilton that ended in gunfire. A jury ruled on April 13, 2010 that Hamilton Police Officer Ross Jessop was justified in shooting Raymond Thane Davis.

Source: Will Moss for Billings Gazette.

A routine traffic stop in Montana turns ugly. Turn up your computer volume. Listen for the first “click” as the driver pulls out and points the gun at the trooper….a .41 magnum revolver.

The “click” is the hammer dropping on an already fired round in the cylinder. The second round was live! A lucky trooper indeed! The suspect was shot in the back while driving away and died on scene after crashing into a telephone pole.

Note the speed at which the trooper draws his weapon and fires… the entire magazine! All 15 rounds — Accurately!

Dashboard video from a January traffic stop in Hamilton that ended in gunfire. A jury ruled on April 13, 2010 that Hamilton Police Officer Ross Jessop was justified in shooting Raymond Thane Davis.

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  • A civilian does not have the responsibility to apprehend/arrest a fleeing felon. A citizen has a right to self-defense, but the once the threat is over, there is NO responsibility or requirement to effect an arrest.

    The shooting policy (Rules of Engagement) for the police is different, as in the case of an officer, we may shoot at an armed fleeing felon, whose escape constitutes a threat to the public. This person just shot at a cop (attempted murder, a felony), was still armed (the gun was not discarded), and the suspect’s flight posed a risk to the public (likelihood of continued behavior). Civilians should be permitted to carry for self-defense, but the leave the arrest to the cops.

  • mattw

    Any prosecuter who would’ve prosecuted that, should be fired, and made a ‘barney fife’ until it happened to him…

  • General Jim M

    I too believe that the shooting was justified ( that many shots is excusable because the officer did not expect all 15 rounds to hit the guy,if the guy was on foot and 10yards away,it would be hard to defend 15 shots in the body )BUT……a civilian doing the same thing would go to jail for shooting the criminal in the back ,as he was fleeing and for firing 15 shots ( disregard of public safety ).The prosecutor would probably label the guy as reckless,a vigilante and would say he should not have shot because the threat was no longer there ( the attacker was retreating.)

  • Chris

    Job – Bad guy/felon
    Occupational hazards – high risk of bodily harm and/or death from lawmen, citizens, and other bad guys.

    Hey, comes with the territory!

  • randy

    damm luckey to be alive