Congratulations to Officer DiCicco who could have gotten away with murder but instead did the right thing.The incident unfolded about 6:15 a.m. Monday after Officer Nicholas J. DiCicco headed to 42 Rodney St. for a report of a person with a gun. Officer DiCicco was told that a white man wearing shorts and a blue shirt and carrying a blue bag had taken out a gun and placed it in his waistband, police said in a news release.
Officer DiCicco approached a man lying on the ground at Belmont and Rodney streets. A box cutter was near the man’s right hand. Officer DiCicco instructed the man not to move.
“When the officer said this to the man he immediately jumped up to his feet, lifted up his shirt and reached for the handle grip of what appeared to be a black handgun,” police said. “The officer was approximately three feet from the man so he tackled the suspect to the ground before he could get his hand on the gun.”
Police said the man tried to grab the box cutter, but other officers arrived and subdued him, and Officer DiCicco grabbed the gun from the man’s waistband. It turned out to be a BB gun.
I offer this story as a contrast, an exeption that proves the rule, to all those quick-on-the-draw cops who shoot first and sort it out later.
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