Saturday, October 9, 2010

Another Police Shooting - Bonham TX

The local news reports on yet another justified police shooting. That's not sarcastic.  Although I am skeptical of these reports, I have no problem with the police, or anyone else for that matter, responding to a lethal threat.

The officers arrived at Mr. Ramquist's rental home on North Shore Drive, north of Lake Bonham, around 11:30 a.m. The suspect confirmed he was the person named in the warrant and invited the officers into the brick home, Tackett said. But, once inside, he became less cooperative and retreated into a bedroom for a moment, Tackett said. When he came back out of it, he was carrying a gun, which he allegedly pointed at the officers.
This seems to happen a lot, so much so they've invented a cute expression to describe it: suicide by cop. But when we talk about 14,000 murders a year with guns and 16,000 suicides a year with guns, or whatever the latest numbers are, where do we put these "suicide by cop" cases?  Maybe we need another category.  Maybe the gun deaths are even worse than we thought.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Shoulda used a taser.

  2. bonham shooting: there was not one officer but 3 not foul play and they have kids and wives they want to go home to. so take time to taser a guy with a gun or shoot him so you can live and not die. pretty stupid to point or touch a gun when law enforcement comes to arrest you on a drug warrant anyway. by the way i know what i am talking about in this case because i knew the deceased man.

  3. Anonymous, You knew him, so was it suicide by cop or not?

  4. Why does it matter?

    Suicide by cop would just be another subcategory of homicides. The term is deratory in that it is claiming the individual wants to die, or kill himself, but lacks the courage(?) to do it himself, so he goes out and creates a situation where the police will shoot him, probably ending in his death.

    Adding a new sub-heading to firearms deaths won't increase the numbers of gun deaths, MikeB. Sorry to disappoint you.