Oct. 26th, 2010

hradzka: (303 british)
Saw an interesting news story on a police gunfight. Interesting and unusual, not only because it's an NYT article that praises the heroism of the police officer involved in a shootout -- this rarely happens -- but because it does so for the wrong reasons.

Background: NYPD Officer Ferris Jones, a 20-year veteran who collects evidence for the crime lab, was getting her hair done when a 19-year-old man, Winston Cox, entered the salon with a large revolver and demanded money. Once the women in the salon had placed their belongings into his bag, he ordered them into a bathroom in the back and began to ransack the place for more valuables. Jones took their confinement as potentially a very bad sign, and gave her cell phone to the shop owner with an instruction to call 911. Jones then exited the bathroom and identified herself as a police officer, whereupon Winston Cox opened fire on her. Jones returned fire with her off-duty carry piece, which the NYT identifies only as a five-shot revolver, no make or caliber listed (so I'm guessing a Smith & Wesson J-frame). She emptied her gun. This is where the story gets interesting. )

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