Man Shot, Officer Injured In Lancaster Domestic Disturbance

Jul 10, 2008 Read more: NBC5i.com 8

One man has been shot and an officer has been injured during a domestic disturbance in Lancaster .

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Rick Curtis

United States

#1 Jul 10, 2008
This comment concerns the Lancaster Police shooting on 7/9/2008.
What's it like to gun down a man with the mind of a child?
How could you feel heroic after repeatedly shooting a mentally ill man with a knife, when you have body armor, a gun, and unlimited police back-up.
I'm not sure which is the worse; 1) the media presenting this like normal public safety or 2)the policeman not using a stun gun, pepper spray, or even a club to disarm a mentally impair man.
Sickens me to see the media and fellow police officers pretraying this policeman like a hero when in reality he's just like the thugs we see on the news, a murdering COWARD.
Patti Thompson

Plano, TX

#2 Jul 10, 2008
Unless you have been personally involved in a violent domestic situation, the reactions of the police may seem drastic, but those who have been in that situation know the extreme need for protection of the innocent, and unarmed victims. There is NO time to evaluate the mental status of the armed individual, who is endangering the lives of the family members, and officers, as well. My prayer is that people will support the grieving family, and the injured officer with compassion, repect, and mercy.
Red Oakian

Fort Worth, TX

#3 Jul 11, 2008
The police did the right thing.
jess

Dallas, TX

#4 Jul 14, 2008
Do some of you really think that it was wrong for the police officer to shoot him? For one he didn't belong on the streets, if his family and or now friends cared about him, then he should of been in an institution. Unless you were in that officers shoes at that point in time, DO NOT SAY WHAT HE SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE! He was protecting not only himself but anyone else that could of been in harms way. The police officer was doing his damn job, while some retard was stabbing him. Obviously he belongs dead!
Anonymous

Dallas, TX

#5 Jul 14, 2008
How dare you! I can tell you this officer most likely did what he had to do in the moment. You have no idea what happened - you weren't there. You have no idea how big Robert was. He was a 300lb. 7ft tall mentally ill man. He just got done beating the crap out of his father... again. Robert is my family, but I understand that he attempted to murder a police officer, and what had to be done was done. Come on, he's my BLOOD, and I can be more rational about it than you.
Rick Curtis wrote:
This comment concerns the Lancaster Police shooting on 7/9/2008.
What's it like to gun down a man with the mind of a child?
How could you feel heroic after repeatedly shooting a mentally ill man with a knife, when you have body armor, a gun, and unlimited police back-up.
I'm not sure which is the worse; 1) the media presenting this like normal public safety or 2)the policeman not using a stun gun, pepper spray, or even a club to disarm a mentally impair man.
Sickens me to see the media and fellow police officers pretraying this policeman like a hero when in reality he's just like the thugs we see on the news, a murdering COWARD.

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#6 Jul 14, 2008
Jess, the Civil Rights Act of the 60's did away with most of the available institutions and legal commitment of mentally impaired individuals. It's not an option UNTIL a court determines that individual to be a danger to society. The court may determione that AFTER the mentally impaired man or woman harms or kills others.
The laws are a huge part of the frequent tragic deaths, and while they were established to protect civil rights, they fail to protect the society left to manage the mentally afflicted.
cjr

Dallas, TX

#7 Jul 25, 2008
You call him a coward I see. I guess not everyone is as brave as you. I suppose you think that officer should not have defended his self with a gun after being stabbed by a man twice his size. Yes the officer was stabbed, but nevermind how he or his family are doing right?...Apparently you dont care about that. Do everyone a favor and educate us on how we should react in a life and death situation after being stabbed in the head please.
Rick Curtis wrote:
This comment concerns the Lancaster Police shooting on 7/9/2008.
What's it like to gun down a man with the mind of a child?
How could you feel heroic after repeatedly shooting a mentally ill man with a knife, when you have body armor, a gun, and unlimited police back-up.
I'm not sure which is the worse; 1) the media presenting this like normal public safety or 2)the policeman not using a stun gun, pepper spray, or even a club to disarm a mentally impair man.
Sickens me to see the media and fellow police officers pretraying this policeman like a hero when in reality he's just like the thugs we see on the news, a murdering COWARD.
JDR

United States

#8 Aug 5, 2008
Yes, its sad to think with crime like it is these days, officers cannot take down a suspect, no matter what his mental state. Think about it, if someone is trying to kill someone..are they normal? I think not! Used to be "freeze or I will shoot" now you have to worry about law suits.

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