News So, How Was Your Christmas?
posted by December 26 at 16:26 PMon
However depressed you were or disappointed by what you did or didn’t get, at least you didn’t have to watch a state trooper shoot and kill your dad.
I finally got around to reading this story in today’s Seattle Times—a man, possibly on drugs, jumps from the car carrying his girlfriend and two kids, ages 11 and 12. He runs through traffic on I-5, his pants around his ankles, whipping cars with his belt and, according to police, trying to cause accidents. A trooper arrives, tasers the man, but it has no effect. So the trooper pulls his gun and shoots him dead—possibly in front of his kids. (The story is unclear.)
The trooper—Mike Cheek—says the man choked him and struck him repeatedly. I assume there were lots of witnesses and I don’t necessarily doubt the trooper’s statements. I’m just wondering… is there a non-lethal way to apprehend a strung-out nut running down a highway? Back off and wait for backup and then a couple of troopers tackle him? Something in between attempting-to-taser and shooting-and-killing?