110 Shots Fired

Over the weekend SWAT team members shot and killed one Angilo Freeland in Polk County, Florida, after Freeland killed an officer and a K-9, and wounded a second officer. The media are making a big deal about the report that Freeland was hit 68 times in the encounter that ended his life. That’s not the unbelievable part. Get this:

Ten SWAT officers surrounded Freeland on Friday as he hid underneath brush and a fallen tree in a rural area. Authorities say he raised Williams’ gun at them, prompting nine of the officers to fire.

“I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that’s all the ammunition they had,” Judd said. “We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back.”

Ten SWAT officers have a guy surrounded and only score 68 hits in 110 rounds fired? And if we are to believe Judd, they were carrying all of 11 rounds each? I know that many police departments these days are very tight with range training budgets, but with that sort of abysmal marksmanship I suggest that they carry a bit more ammo.

On a side note, I was amused that the reporters fell for an old dog lovers joke when they reported that the K-9 which was unfortunately killed in this incident was named “Diogi.” He was a German Shepherd, not a Japanese Akita, so the name is not “Diogi”, it’s D-O-G.

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