Boone Police Shoot Knife Wielding Man

Boone Police Shoot Knife Wielding Man

There are 131 comments on the WHOtv story from Oct 26, 2010, titled Boone Police Shoot Knife Wielding Man. In it, WHOtv reports that:

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

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Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#43 Oct 26, 2010
I'm aghast at the number of people who feel the officers did wrong.

There are bad cops because people are people. But why "assume" the cop was bad, and the crazed individual was the "victim"? Victim of what?

Out of curiosity, would you all feel the same for the two boys that broke into Columbine and shot students dead? I mean they were crazed right? Or is this about the "type" of weapon used?

OJ Simpson (or the killer) only had a knife, right? Didn't the knife kill? I think many of comments are truth telling to the "respect" that we have as a society for those we ask to protect and serve our property, and our lives.

If you don't respect the police force, at least respect the tax-paying good citizens who were simply going about their lives yesterday who found themselves fleeing for their lives. Frankly, I don't even want to be 'frightened' to that degree.

I pay my mortgage, my taxes, I work and I have the right to walk into my local grocery store without a metal detector or fear that some mental case is going to snap and harm me, end my life and uproot my world.

Tragically, this guy needed help. Whether on drugs, whether post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or from whatever...he was waving a knife, ranting, raving and lunged towards officers. He was shot because the officer on the other side felt threatened. Don't want to get shot? Don't threaten a cop!:)
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#44 Oct 26, 2010
BOONEFRIEND wrote:
I PERSONALLY KNOW OFFICER THOMPSON AND HE IS AN EXCELLENT OFFICER AND I FOR A FACT KNOW HE WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING IF IT WERE NOT NECESSARY AND ANYONE TO JUDGE AN OFFICER OF THE LAW (GIVEN THEY ARE NOT ALL STAND UP, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE NEED TO THINK ILLY OF ALL OFFICERS)AND REALLY NEEDS TO RE-THINK THERE OWN PERSONAL CHARACTER.
AMEN! I was a Boone resident and am proud of their police force. They put up with small town criminals constantly. Boone is notorious for punks running around destroying property, vandalizing public parks with no regard or respect to public safety.

We begged the police to stop the drag racing on Story Street before someone lost control and wound up in someone's living room.

It's sad, but it happened. I have no doubt the officer is as equally affected as the family members of the victim and those citizens that found themselves ducking for cover.
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#45 Oct 26, 2010
Boone resident wrote:
Where was the Boone P.D. dog at? How many thousands of dollars were used to purchase this dog for the department to use?
Why didn't this highly trained police dog just knock him to the ground instead of all the shooting?
Real nice respect for life here. The dog would have been stabbed or killed unnecessarily. The man was ordered to drop the knife. He didn't freeze, he continued to approach the officer with a very big gun aimed at him. He either had a death wish or was insane. Either way, the only life lost, was the one that created the upstir. Sad, but true.
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#46 Oct 26, 2010
Ankeny Resident wrote:
I doubt most officers have a "shoot to kill" mentality. The officers were close enough to taser him, and he continued to come at them. I would shoot to neutralize the threat, and the biggest target on a human is the torso. I'm not going to aim at his knees, and hope for the best. This officer made a split second decision that allowed him, and others, to go home to their families yesterday. I feel bad for the family and friends of the deceased. This situation could have ended much worse.
Absolutely agree and thank you for setting some of these cop haters straight.
Ex-Boonie

Davenport, IA

#47 Oct 26, 2010
Shocked Responder wrote:
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Real nice respect for life here. The dog would have been stabbed or killed unnecessarily. The man was ordered to drop the knife. He didn't freeze, he continued to approach the officer with a very big gun aimed at him. He either had a death wish or was insane. Either way, the only life lost, was the one that created the upstir. Sad, but true.
Respect for life? put the life of a dog at higher regaurd than a man in need of help, who cares how much MONEY or training was put into the K9, If the officer was properly trained how wouldnt have been so scared to unload his WHOLE clip in him and taser him later to make it look good, the truth will come out and you will be eating you pittiful words, maybe you will that is.

Since: Aug 10

Hiawatha, IA

#48 Oct 26, 2010
So if anyone questions whether they did the right thing or not that makes them a hater? Ok, sure.

I am very respectful to police officers and would never put myself in harms way by challenging them. There are mentally ill people however that don't have the ability to do this.
Jasper County employee

West Des Moines, IA

#49 Oct 26, 2010
Yes, he did work in Newton at the Hy Vee store. There's plenty of HIV people in Jasper County now and he could have contracted it from someone, if he did indeed have it.
It makes sense anyway.
Kendall

United States

#50 Oct 26, 2010
god bless you Boots will love and remember you forever
BIGREDIOWAN

West Des Moines, IA

#51 Oct 26, 2010
Ex-Boonie wrote:
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Respect for life? put the life of a dog at higher regaurd than a man in need of help, who cares how much MONEY or training was put into the K9, If the officer was properly trained how wouldnt have been so scared to unload his WHOLE clip in him and taser him later to make it look good, the truth will come out and you will be eating you pittiful words, maybe you will that is.
Oh, NOW he shot the guy with the tazer afterwards. Please show me where that's fact, I'm sure that's hearsay and not fact. This is actually pretty sickening.........you people act like Officers want to take someones life. Keep living with blinders on people, it's safer for you that way.
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#52 Oct 26, 2010
NWSideLady wrote:
So if anyone questions whether they did the right thing or not that makes them a hater? Ok, sure.
I am very respectful to police officers and would never put myself in harms way by challenging them. There are mentally ill people however that don't have the ability to do this.
I agree, but as a free society they have to be able to function. This man, if mentally ill, was a threat to society with a weapon. It's tragic, but to even 'challenge' the officers split-second decision making is what bothered me.

I personally get tired of citizens criticizing those people who put their own lives (most with families) in danger for my safe keeping. Your comments were challenging an officer's decision to protect and serve through lethal force or to risk his own life being taken.

I applaud this gentleman for ending a situation that easily could have turned out much worse! I have great empathy for the loss of life, and the family members who will suffer from this tragic situation.
WAG

Spirit Lake, IA

#53 Oct 26, 2010
We know it was HIV I guess. It's alot like RABIES where you froth at the mouth and go crazy. You get it in Newton most of the time.
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#54 Oct 26, 2010
Ex-Boonie wrote:
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Respect for life? put the life of a dog at higher regaurd than a man in need of help, who cares how much MONEY or training was put into the K9, If the officer was properly trained how wouldnt have been so scared to unload his WHOLE clip in him and taser him later to make it look good, the truth will come out and you will be eating you pittiful words, maybe you will that is.
It's this type of hatred that causes people to snap.

A life is a life, animal, plant or people. While "man" is more intelligent, our treatment of animals (and mindset towards them) speaks volumes about the individuals' character.

I say nothing more to you as I think you have proven my point!
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#55 Oct 26, 2010
WAG wrote:
We know it was HIV I guess. It's alot like RABIES where you froth at the mouth and go crazy. You get it in Newton most of the time.
HIV+ is no reason nor should it cause this type of mental instability. We are an educated people, not barbarians. Or at least we are supposed to be.

Since: Aug 10

Hiawatha, IA

#57 Oct 26, 2010
Shocked Responder wrote:
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I agree, but as a free society they have to be able to function. This man, if mentally ill, was a threat to society with a weapon. It's tragic, but to even 'challenge' the officers split-second decision making is what bothered me.
I personally get tired of citizens criticizing those people who put their own lives (most with families) in danger for my safe keeping. Your comments were challenging an officer's decision to protect and serve through lethal force or to risk his own life being taken.
I applaud this gentleman for ending a situation that easily could have turned out much worse! I have great empathy for the loss of life, and the family members who will suffer from this tragic situation.
I also respect that an officer puts his life in danger to protect and serve. Iowa seems to have a better police force than most other states that I've been to. Definitely more friendly and empathetic than most.
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#58 Oct 26, 2010
bub wrote:
well i guess the officer will have to live with his action for the rest of his life now to. to bad he didnt go for the legs. killing no matter what, is tough to live with. pray for both families.
And if he had gone for the legs and missed, then what? Seriously, folks...does anyone really know how hard it is to fire at a moving target?

They aim for the torso, the largest part of the body. Don't want to get gunned down by the evil police? Don't rant, rave, destroy property and lunge at them then.

Not a single person here was in that officer's shoes yesterday! Everything happens within seconds! There is chaos all around. People screaming, decisions being made. Try backing off the police and focusing on the fact that a man lost his life who was either drug induced or mentally ill. Either way, there were hundreds of people around him in his life that either knew this could happen and did nothing or were oblivious that he had problems. The character flaw is not with the officer, but with society!
Shocked Responder

Des Moines, IA

#59 Oct 26, 2010
booneman wrote:
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TRUE BOONE COPS ARE RUDE AND A HOLES
I have found them nothing more than polite and helpful. Perhaps I spend my time on the right end of the law!
Boone Citizen

Des Moines, IA

#60 Oct 26, 2010
I have to comment.

I wasn't there, and small town gossip has already reached my doorstep. I'll let the police, families and court system sort it out.

But I can say this. This is my town. I arrived at this store 45 minutes after this happened and saw a crime scene under investigation. It was very unsettling. Once I learned what happened, it was more unsettling. Had I been there 45 minutes earlier, I might be standing on the other side of the crime scene tape.

It's not fun to live in a society, where you are bouncing along in life, and all of a sudden, fearful or apprehensive to go grocery shopping!

Focus on the mere fact that a man lost his life, a family lost a son, possibly a dad, a husband, a brother, and a police officer will have etched in his memory for life the face of a dying man.

There are no winners here! Only tragedy and loss!
trooper

Knoxville, IA

#61 Oct 26, 2010
This had to be a first time for this cop since he unloaded his gun on him, or else a baaaad shot. Pure panic!
confused

Geneseo, IL

#62 Oct 26, 2010
Why does it matter what the Officer's Name is or how long he has worked on the Police Department?
Hmmm

Douds, IA

#63 Oct 26, 2010
Boone Citizen wrote:
I have to comment.
I wasn't there, and small town gossip has already reached my doorstep. I'll let the police, families and court system sort it out.
But I can say this. This is my town. I arrived at this store 45 minutes after this happened and saw a crime scene under investigation. It was very unsettling. Once I learned what happened, it was more unsettling. Had I been there 45 minutes earlier, I might be standing on the other side of the crime scene tape.
It's not fun to live in a society, where you are bouncing along in life, and all of a sudden, fearful or apprehensive to go grocery shopping!
Focus on the mere fact that a man lost his life, a family lost a son, possibly a dad, a husband, a brother, and a police officer will have etched in his memory for life the face of a dying man.
There are no winners here! Only tragedy and loss!
Amen

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