Butt Fumble with bullets
How is it a cop shoots another cop due to poor training or negligence and the home owner is charged with assault. I guess I get it, yet I wonder if we are giving away to much in the name of law and order.
Man Charged With Reckless Endangerment, Assault After Cop Shoots Other Cop in the Back
A Pennsylvania man was charged with reckless endangerment, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and illegal possession of a firearm in an incident that ended with one police officer shooting another in the back as they attempted to force their way through the door. Via the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:
Police said Lijewski was carrying a loaded shotgun around his home in the 5100 block of Elmwood Drive when his girlfriend called 911. Four officers arrived, including Baldwin Borough police Sgt. Ralph Miller, who knocked on the front door while a second Baldwin officer moved into a backup position behind him.
Lijewski answered the door but refused orders to show both hands. Miller could see a woman holding a child in the house and wanted to speak with her when Lijewski began shutting the door. The second Baldwin officer put his foot in the door, and Miller put his shoulder into the door to try to force it open wider.
The second officer fired two shots with his patrol rifle, striking Miller, 54, between the bottom of his bulletproof vest and his belt.
The key detail, though, comes via the AP:
Police responded even after a woman called back to say Lijewski had unloaded the weapon and police were no longer needed.
Butt Fumble with bullets
I was thinking the key detail was that a cop had his booger finger on the trigger with out a target and not ready to shoot and had a negligent discharge into another cop, twice. And the alleged suspect gets charged.
A butt fumble indeed.
§ 8902. Arrest without warrant.
(a) General rule.--For any of the following offenses, a
police officer shall, upon view, have the right of arrest
without warrant upon probable cause when there is ongoing
conduct that imperils the personal security of any person or
endangers public or private property:
(1) Under Title 18 (relating to crimes and offenses)
when such offense constitutes a summary offense:
18 Pa.C.S. § 5503 (relating to disorderly conduct).
18 Pa.C.S. § 5505 (relating to public drunkenness).
18 Pa.C.S. § 5507 (relating to obstructing highways and
other public passages).
18 Pa.C.S. § 6308 (relating to purchase, consumption,
possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed
(2) Violation of an ordinance of a city of the second
(b) Guidelines by governmental body.--The right of arrest
Good point. I am assuming he was charged with assault for the negligent discharge of the patrol rifle. I just thought the story was different based on my assumption they charged him with assault and endangering a child because one cop shot another, but I probably do have it all wrong.
The article is incomplete to all the details. I had read another article about this story that explained the Perp has a criminal record that prevents him from owning firearms, it also mentioned that a third officer who had been I guess covering the house around the corner and when he heard the two gunshots ran around the corner and returned fire on the cops at the door but thankfully he fired high and missed them.
Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/3...#ixzz2MvZUDwHnLijewski ripped the phone off the wall when his girlfriend called 911, punched holes in the bathroom door and almost broke through a bedroom door where his girlfriend hid with two children, Scott said.
Phil DiLucente, who with attorney Jim Ecker is representing Lijewski, said he is not sure whether his client would be facing charges if Miller had not been injured.
“Police officers have a certain procedure they have to follow in any domestic call. If they had made entry and found there was no true victim under the circumstances, maybe not. In this particular case, the officer did get shot ,and there was an understanding that maybe a little more had gone on in the residence,” he said.
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Why the hell isn't the LEO being charged with reckless endangerment? He discharged a weapon at a door as it was being closed. There were women and children in there, and he was reckless and irresponsible enough to hit another officer.
Yeah, the guy parading around his home with a loaded shotgun destroying things ought to be charged with a crime, but is there any doubt that the most grievous crime was committed by one of the police officers responding to the situation?