Adrenaline and Response
February 4th, 2009
While with the San Bernardino Police Dept back in the early ’70s there was a bank robbery that took place across the street from the police department.
It was a payday and inside the bank were approximately 15 officers doing their banking business.
The robber, though not the brightest in the world, fled into the parking lot that you could only enter or leave in by driving under a bridge type structure. The officers that went after the robber, one of which was the officer in charge of firearm training at the range, ran after him.
The crook had parked in the parking lot of the bank. He turned and fired 4 shots at the pursuing officers who returned fire.
The robber was perfectly silhouetted because of the daylight from the parking lot and the overhang. The range was about 20 yards. It looked exactly like the targets we had been shooting at for years.
The arms instructor fired 6 rounds and approx 20 rounds, by others, were expended, NONE of which hit the target! We did, however, take out a great looking MGB Roadster in the parking lot.
He was finally stopped when the robber’s vehicle would not start starting and he gave up.
All of us had to qualify monthly prior to this incident. Needless to say many hours were expended by all at the range after that!
Adrenaline is a great equalizer.