Bean Bag or Bullet? Police Pull Trigger on Alternative That Saves Lubbock Man - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/16/04

Bean Bag or Bullet? Police Pull Trigger on Alternative That Saves Lubbock Man

Assistant Chief Dale Holton was one of a half dozen officers at Saturday's suicidal standoff. News Monday that the gun 18 year-old Joshua McAfee was pressing to his head was unloaded. A life or death bluff with police in the dark. "It's impossible for us to know unless he fires a warning shot," said Holton.

After nearly an hour in the truck, McAfee exits through the window, at least four weapons trained on his every move. Police still hoping for a peaceful resolution. Officer Scott Weems weilding a shotgun loaded with a bean bag. But the other weapons sighted on McAfee were not as forgiving. "No, the other weapons were lethal," said Holton

Ironically, what kept McAfee alive was keeping the semi-automatic pointed at his own head. "If he had stepped out of the truck and pointed the pistol at our officers, then those officers armed with lethal weapons would have fired," said Holton

Bullet or bean bag? Life or death? A decision illustrated by the clock in the corner of your screen that was made in 10 seconds. "Officer Weems waited for exactly the opportune moment to fire," said Holton.

"Anytime we can neutralize a situation like this without having to use deadly force, we're pleased with that," said Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:13:57 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:15 AM EDT2018-05-22 14:15:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

  • Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

    Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:12:21 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:15 AM EDT2018-05-22 14:15:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

    The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

  • Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

    Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:34:14 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:14 AM EDT2018-05-22 14:14:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File). FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018, file photo, mourners wait for the start of a prayer vigil following a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. If you want to know where mass school shootings ar...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File). FILE - In this Friday, May 18, 2018, file photo, mourners wait for the start of a prayer vigil following a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. If you want to know where mass school shootings ar...

    Look no farther than small-town and suburban America to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur.

    Look no farther than small-town and suburban America to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur.

Powered by Frankly