A detective in Kingman, Arizona, was shot when the police team he was a part of faced an armed man who refused to back down and the team hesitated to take action — and no one is talking about it.
Detective Dennis Gilbert, 57, was wounded and hospitalized in serious but stable condition, KSAZ reported.
The team was executing a search warrant at the residence of Jeffrey Clair Cave for a stolen firearm. The team forced the door, and Cave was standing alone in the living room. He refused to put his weapon down.
Instead of shooting the man who presented a threat to the lives of each team member at the door, they called for the use of a Taser. Cave opened fire and the officers returned fire, killing Cave — but only after he had critically wounded Detective Gilbert.
Oddly enough, the weapon Cave was carrying in the video was not the stolen firearm the warrant was for.
“The firearm that Cave discharged at officers was not the stolen firearm. Cave was the only person at the residence at the time of the search warrant,” said Emily Fromelt from the Bullhead City Police Department.
The Bullhead City department, as an outside agency, has been invited to investigate the incident, which is protocol with officer-involved shootings.
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Besides wounding Gilbert, Cave nearly killed another officer.
“Lieutenant James Brice, 58, had one bullet pass through his clothing,” continued Fromelt. “However, he was not injured. The officers involved were wearing tactical ballistic body armor and gear during the search warrant.”
Police often come under intense scrutiny for the utilization of deadly force — and that’s a good thing. However, when that scrutiny becomes so severe that officers are afraid to take action, it can very easily cost lives.
The media aren’t reporting it because that hesitation is partially their fault.
It is a miracle that this incident didn’t cost an officer’s life.
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