Boone Police Shoot Knife Wielding Man

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Police in Boone shot and killed a supermarket worker who witnesses say was walking up and down isles slashing merchandise with a knife. Full Story
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WAG

Spirit Lake, IA

#1 Oct 26, 2010
I heard it was a CLEAVER. Know what a CLEAVER is? It is a very usefull tool in a butcher shop but they should all be registered and tagged as potential hazzards. A little like guns.
Tim

Chanhassen, MN

#2 Oct 26, 2010
Clean up on aisle three.
Mike

Carbondale, IL

#3 Oct 26, 2010
Kudos to the officer.He did the right thing.
ARS

Davenport, IA

#4 Oct 26, 2010
Seriously? Register meat cleavers? Are you afraid of baseball bats also? Maybe we should have every little league team register those as well. Because if your name is tied to it, you'll be less likely to hit someone with it in a fit of rage?

The problem isn't the weapons, it's the poeple that are unstable enough to want to use them. We're not children, at least most of us. We know the difference between right and wrong. Getting rid of all hazards is an impossibility. Stay focused on the problem here. What made this employee do this in the first place? Mentally unstable? Stressed out about his job? Significant other cheating on him? what and why? It's not the knife's fault.
halsey

Bettendorf, IA

#5 Oct 26, 2010
Looks like all the poeple in the other thread that were blaming the cop for shooting him,,, are wrong !!! Funny how you dont see many posts by those poeple on this thread.
ME IN MARSHALLTOWN

Neponset, IL

#6 Oct 26, 2010
I say lets see the store cameras. That should show something. They release dashboard tapes of the cars so why not release the footage at the store? The media and Police are only going to say things they want you to hear. Lets see how this all played out.
halsey

Bettendorf, IA

#7 Oct 26, 2010
ME IN MARSHALLTOWN wrote:
I say lets see the store cameras. That should show something. They release dashboard tapes of the cars so why not release the footage at the store? The media and Police are only going to say things they want you to hear. Lets see how this all played out.
That may be a little difficult, because I would think there would be some witnesses. I would guess that the cop doesnt really like killing poeple, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the dought.

Since: Aug 10

West Des Moines, IA

#9 Oct 26, 2010
It's a sad thing to have happened for all involved. I didn't just think that this cop acted rashly in shooting the perp. I think that there is a trend to do so. Did anyone see the KCCI cameraman who was shot at by DMPD for getting his cell phone out? Sure, there aren't any of our fine police that are shoot happy. Also, apparently something similar happened just two years ago in Boone. That time they killed a man with a bb gun. The relatives told the police it was only a bb gun and they killed him anyway.
Long time Boone-ite

United States

#10 Oct 26, 2010
Sure its a tragic thing. But you come at a police officer with a gun or a knife(cleaver) or anything that has a potential to kill, your going to get shot. No one has mentioned that this may have been "suicide by cop". They tased the guy not once but twice and it didn't phase him. Normal. rational people drop like a rock. This guy was either was emotionally out of it or on meth, pcp or some other drug. The cops did everything they were supposed to do. Would you have them wait until someone was killed or injured? Let's see how it plays out.
BIGREDIOWAN

West Des Moines, IA

#11 Oct 26, 2010
NWSideLady,

Are police officers supposed to take the time to figure out if it's a bb gun or not? Because if they do, by the time they find out it's real, they are dead. Before you start judging officers, do the job and see what it's like. I'm sure the relatives of this individual told the police this after the fact or they would've acted differently. If you're so scared of the police, don't call 'em when you need 'em.

*rolls eyes*
Shocked Responder

Urbandale, IA

#12 Oct 26, 2010
Unfortunately, our society has come to a point where you don't know who's crazy with a gun/knife, and who's pulling a practical joke.

Weapons are NEVER a joke! As long as people find humor in them, killings will continue.

To call a police officer "trigger happy" when someone is approaching him with a knife is ludicrous.

While tragic that a life was lost, many more lives could have been taken had he not been stopped. "Rational behavior" in NOT ranting and raving, waving a knife, screaming and destroying property and refusing to listen to law enforcement.

Sorry folks, but this old man is thankful that disturbed individuals like this guy are stopped and not allowed to hurt others! Think about the customers with their children that witnessed this chaos.
Jeri

Indianola, IA

#13 Oct 26, 2010
Why did the policeman shoot to kill? Why didn't they shoot Gary in the legs to make him go down but still alive. Do we train the police that way at the Academy? He passed people at the store and showed no aggression to them only to the grocery items. We will probably never know what set this young man off but he was not doing volience to anyone but to food. Why shoot to kill?
Snarkee1

Grimes, IA

#15 Oct 26, 2010
"aisles"
Shocked Responder

Urbandale, IA

#16 Oct 26, 2010
Jeri wrote:
Why did the policeman shoot to kill? Why didn't they shoot Gary in the legs to make him go down but still alive. Do we train the police that way at the Academy? He passed people at the store and showed no aggression to them only to the grocery items. We will probably never know what set this young man off but he was not doing volience to anyone but to food. Why shoot to kill?
There is no black and white in these issues. Officers are trained to withhold their weapons at all possible cost, but once the gun is drawn they are trained to "shoot to kill" period!

While it may be hard to understand from a civilian point of view, try and put yourself at the other end of the barrell/weapon and think rational on a split second when it's your life or their life!

While tragic, as I stated in my earlier post, ranting & raving, waving a huge knife, irrational behavior, destroying property and not yielding to the police orders is what got him killed. Keep the actions of the crazed man in the forefront and back off the officer who saved other lives!
Shocked Responder

Urbandale, IA

#17 Oct 26, 2010
50315gal wrote:
Good shot...no trial. saving the taxpayers money
Allegedly there were "six" shots, so we're not sure it was a "good" shot yet. It's still tragic that a man lost his life.
tara

Lake City, IA

#18 Oct 26, 2010
Tim wrote:
Clean up on aisle three.
shame on you.... shame shame shame on you
Shocked Responder

Urbandale, IA

#19 Oct 26, 2010
Long time Boone-ite wrote:
Sure its a tragic thing. But you come at a police officer with a gun or a knife(cleaver) or anything that has a potential to kill, your going to get shot. No one has mentioned that this may have been "suicide by cop". They tased the guy not once but twice and it didn't phase him. Normal. rational people drop like a rock. This guy was either was emotionally out of it or on meth, pcp or some other drug. The cops did everything they were supposed to do. Would you have them wait until someone was killed or injured? Let's see how it plays out.
Agreed! Back off the police and focus on the crazed man who took a normal day for customers and employees and turned their day into a tragic event. How do you return to work after something like this? How do you re-enter the store? This will affect more than the officer for sure...the children and people who witnessed life being taken out of a human being. It's tragic!

Since: Aug 10

West Des Moines, IA

#20 Oct 26, 2010
BIGREDIOWAN wrote:
NWSideLady,
Are police officers supposed to take the time to figure out if it's a bb gun or not? Because if they do, by the time they find out it's real, they are dead. Before you start judging officers, do the job and see what it's like. I'm sure the relatives of this individual told the police this after the fact or they would've acted differently. If you're so scared of the police, don't call 'em when you need 'em.
*rolls eyes*
They told them before they shot the man.
mad taxpayer

Urbandale, IA

#21 Oct 26, 2010
What i don't understand is, did he really need to empty the clip on the guy. Get use to it folks, this goverment making people CRAAAAAAAZY. Would'nt be suprised to see alot more of this in the future.
Northside Boone

Alamo, CA

#22 Oct 26, 2010
I really like how the story has changed @ first the Chief of Police in Boone about noon yesterday that stated " no tazer was used" by 6pm the DCI had been there for hours & now suddenly a tazer was used, today now they (police) tazer was used 2 times ????? Do we have Spin Doctors doing damage control????

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