This just sounds like an honest mistake.â€œIn this case we had several calls that came in where the officers were of the opinion that there was an active shooter there. Someone who was actually taking shots.
â€œThe officer pulls up. The description of the suspect matches the description of the individual that he sees. He sees an object in this personâ€™s hand, doesnâ€™t know what it is, itâ€™s dark, thereâ€™s a distance between the two of them, canâ€™t tell exactly what it is. He sees this object come up. Itâ€™s raised up toward him. He feels itâ€™s potentially a weapon, that his life is in danger, and he takes the shot.â€
Edwards said, â€œAny time an officer feels his life is in danger or another personâ€™s life is in danger, they have the ability to protect themselves or a member of the public.â€
KCCI thought someone was shooting out windows and called 911.
â€œA dispatcher asked if anyone had been shot, and a KCCI employee said â€˜Not yet,â€™â€ Edwards said.
The initial description provided to police was a white male wearing a gray T-shirt and carrying a gun. As officers arrived, cameraman Vaughn was standing on a patio outside KCCI, holding a cell phone. He motioned to officers in an effort to point out Parishâ€™s whereabouts. Vaughn, who is a white male and was wearing a gray T-shirt, matched the suspectâ€™s description.â€
Grimes fired a single shot at Vaughn, Edwards said. The shot missed.
Where do you get 3 shots?I am not sure a 50' shot is mistake. Make that three shots. The cop did not identify his target.
Just my thoughts.