Peoria police shot a man who officers said came at them with a baseball bat.
Police said they responded to a domestic violence call near 107th Avenue and Deer Valley Road on Monday evening. Investigators said a 62-year-old man had been fighting with his wife over finances. When police got to the house, they said the man, who was not identified, ignored their commands to back down and came at them with a baseball bat.
"He refused to comply with their commands, and at one point charged at them with the bat," said Jay Davies, Peoria Police Department spokesman. "A bat in close contact can do some serious damage, and the officers absolutely feared for their lives and fired to protect themselves and each other."
A third officer may have deployed her Taser, said police.
The man was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.
How much do you want to bet they'll be exonerated? I'm sure the gun crowd supports this loose definition of lethal threat. I'm sure none of them would consider that one guy with a baseball bat cannot truly threaten several police officers. But what can happen is when police officers have their adrenalin pumping and issue commands like "drop the bat," which are ignored, they get very mad. Afterwards, like so many DGUs, they describe it as having been afraid for their lives.
What's your opinion? Do you condone this kind of police shooting?
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