A recently published newspaper account states that LAPD’s off-duty shootings more than doubled last year, and off-duty shootings by deputies of the similar-sized Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department increased by 75%. Note that these figures pertain to just shootings, and not the much more frequent situation where the off-duty officer must take a suspect at gunpoint to make an arrest, or where the criminal suspect flees when his intended victim turns out to be an off-duty cop who draws a concealed handgun in self-defense.
Sometimes the off-the-clock peace officer happens to be present when a crime of violence occurs. Sometimes, they become the target of a street criminal who suffers what I’ve come to call “a sudden and acute failure of the victim selection process.” And sometimes, the situation involves vengeful criminals who seek out the officer, even at his or her home.
A recently published newspaper account states that LAPD’s off-duty shootings more than doubled last…
by Dave Street / Apr 1, 2008