A police officer in Irving, Texas, shot and killed an armed robbery suspect on Friday after he took a woman hostage at a check-cashing store. An eyewitness to the incident filmed the events as they played out in front of the store.
In the video, an officer can be seen bracing himself against a parked vehicle as he, another officer, and the suspect shouted at one another. The female hostage was clearly visible in front of the gunman as he held a gun to her head.
When it was clear the gunman would not surrender, the officer took aim and shot the suspect in seconds. Though the woman was not physically harmed, she was clearly traumatized as her cries of relief and fear could be heard in the video.
According to The Dallas News, law enforcement officials responded to the armed robbery in progress call at approximately 1 p.m. at the Cash Store in Southwest Irving after an employee tripped the alarm.
Irving Police spokesman James McLellan said that when police arrived, the gunman quickly took a female employee hostage before exiting the building. He threatened to harm her if the officers approached.
An officer proceeded to take swift action and shot the suspect following his threat and subsequent movements to force the hostage into a car.
McClellan said the officers were placed on administrative leave, as would be expected after any fatal shooting, and called them heroes.
“The two officers were here quickly, within minutes and were able to engage the suspect,” he stated. “They couldn’t let him leave with the hostage. By all appearances, this was the last resort for them.”
Powerless to do anything else, the other store employees took shelter in a locked room. Following the events, the hostage and her coworkers were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.
Watch the full video here (WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND CONTENT):
The quick thinking and response of the Irving police officers only further demonstrate the precision, skill and bravery that being an American police officer requires.
Although many people believe that police departments are increasingly becoming too “militarized,” the opposite is true: they are merely adapting to the conditions of the job and using the right tools to help them safely protect the American people.
H/T Bearing Arms
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