Officers Had No Choice

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Editor:

Payson veterinarian Jacque Rosholm may have indeed been a successful businesswoman, but she did something extremely foolish that caused her to be shot and wounded. Surely she must have known that one should never point a loaded firearm at a police officer, under any circumstances. This is a hard and fast rule and it applies anywhere in the United States. There are no exceptions!

It seems that many people get their "knowledge" of police work from watching police-themed TV shows. These often have little basis in reality. In the real world, police officers are not trained to shoot assailants "in their shoulder, their hands or legs." They are taught to shoot to the "center of mass," (the torso). Under extreme stress, of course, shots may not always land where they were intended to land. In the real world, a gunshot to any portion of the body may lead to death.

We should all remember that Payson police officers have to deal with the very same crimes that Phoenix officers do, just not as frequently (so far, anyway).

The two policemen that shot Ms. Rosholm will undoubtedly never forget that night, but they absolutely must not hesitate to use deadly force when confronted with an armed assailant in the future. They did what they were trained to do... what they had to do for their own survival. They should feel no remorse for doing what was absolutely necessary.

There is a video-based, real-world scenario training system called "F.A.T.S.," which is an acronym for Fire Arms Training System. The general public is often able to pay a small fee and go through some highly realistic "shoot -- don't shoot" situations. A brief training session on this system would be highly beneficial to those folks that are so quick to criticize the life-or-death decisions that police officers are forced to make in a fraction of a second.

R.L. Green

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