Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Guess since Tasers have been given such a Bum Rap against Police, Officers have to resort to more deadly force against thieves who enjoy window shopping in other peoples cars. In this crime a day city, one wonders if stress and a public tired of being victims played a part in less of a public outcry over petty theft, though an x-acto knife isn't a gun, one wonders what alternative force could have been used against the man. Of course bringing a x-acto knife to a gun fight shows the man wasn't thinking straight, but then thank God the man wasn't armed with a Stapler!
VANCOUVER — A 31-year-old female Vancouver police officer fatally shot a suspect armed with an small X-Acto knife Friday morning while responding to a 911 call about a theft from a vehicle in downtown Vancouver.
Police said the 31-year-old officer and her 43-year-old woman police partner responded to a 911 call at about 10:30 a.m. reporting a number of items being stolen by two men from a car in the 700-block of Granville Street, police said.
A witness reported seeing the suspects running east toward the 500-block of Homer, police said.
The two women officers, both with five years on the force, approached a possible suspect in the 500-block of Homer. The man in his 50s pulled out an X-Acto knife and refused police commands to drop the knife, police said.