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.

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