First Comment: Good Shoot
Second: That really could not have turned out better. Even some of the things that I might be able to monday mourning quarterback turned out to be "good".
Flags that stood out to me:
1.)D.O.A "pulls over" on the white line. Either through luck, aggression, or tactics he gave himself a better angle to shoot at the officer(straight ahead vs across the patrol car's hood or through the glass)
2.)D.O.A. gets out of car and blades/adopts an aggressive stance.
3.)D.O.A. places his hand on the gun right away. (I'm kind of interested if he was using a holster and was actually going for a "count 1" or if he had it tucked in his pants and needed to brace it.) The is the first of the serious red flags.
4.)Does not comply with any orders. I couldn't hear if he says anything, but the officer says "You were speeding." leading me to think that D.O.A. and I'm OK With That engaged/asked something. This pretty eliminates the "Does he understand my orders?"/Is this a deaf/mute who is just wearing a "Needs to shot" costume vs Someone I need to shoot question.
5.)Closes door with elbow(hand still behind hip). He isn't getting out of the car, and he isn't showing his right hand.
6.)Starts taking steps towards the officer. I think there were four or five.
7.)Visual confirmation that this is a gun fight.
D.O.A. definitely looked like he had some training and resolve. Why the hell a father and grandfather with children in his car thought that killing a police officer was a good idea I cannot fathom. I take the circumstances as proof that he was not in the "able to be reasoned with" category. I'm glad he bumped his mag release, that may have saved the officer's life, or made things go in a way that none of the kids ended up performing "backstop" duty.
It looks like the officer handled that well to my untrained eye. He made an effective hit. He got back on the radio and started communicating even after he was shot. I don't know enough about procedure/tactics to know if he should have been reporting differently or not. I couldn't tell from the video when the officer broke kydex/leather, but I think he should have had a low ready/visual register of his gun at D.O.A's thighs/lower abdomen sometime during point 2 above if not sooner. Shooting at points 3 or 4 instead of 7 would have been fine with me, but I don't hold people at gun point for a living so I have no idea how many idiots manage to put on a "Needs to be shot costume" for no reason. Waiting may be very understandable.
I think the officer would have been perfectly justified in shooting more/continuing to shoot even as D.O.A. was fleeing. Of course this could have ended up killing any of the children which I didn't see in the video.
A.) This definitely illustrates the differences between "effective" and "fatal". He drove about a mile after he was fataly wounded. He re-inserted his magazine. He opened a car door. This should be a teaching point for anyone who questions why someone had to be shot "so many times". Here the wound was fatal, but obviously more was needed to secure a physiologic stop. Bleeding out/hypovolemic shock takes time.
B.) The officer's wound also illustrates something. The majority of handgun wounds are not fatal. Keep fucking fighting. If the wound was fatal, shit will take care of itself. If not, stay in the fight. The single most dangerous aspect of a gun or knife wound is likely to be that it either forces or tricks you into receiving another. The officer was struck and continued to function.
Personal note: I am really glad this didn't tern out like the Dinkfeller shooting.
Hope I didn't over step any bounds. Critique of LEO tactics is out of my lane, so this post can just serve as place holder/bump for those better able to go there.
Train hard. Stay safe.