A recent report confirms that New York City is, indeed, a dangerous place - in this case, at least, largely due to wild, unaimed police gunfire!
Two Harlem cops yesterday fired a staggering 84 shots at an armed thug after he squeezed off one round at them — but the punk incredibly survived and was charged with slaying his sleeping kid sister and trying to kill their mother, authorities said.
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[Steven] Murray, 28, suffered 14 bullet wounds during the mayhem after refusing police orders to drop his .22-caliber “Saturday Night Special,” officials said.
“He would not go down,” a law-enforcement source said of Murray.
The uniformed cops — a sergeant and police officer — unleashed the barrage of bullets from 70 feet away. They each reloaded their pistols twice.
“[Murray] still had the gun in his hand. He wouldn’t obey orders. He was pointing [the gun] at the cops, and he wouldn’t respond,” the source said. “After he finally went down, he still had the gun in his hand, and he was still moving.”
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The sergeant and officer spotted the gun-toting Murray lurking near the southbound off ramp of the Harlem River Drive at Eighth Avenue, police said.
“Stop! Drop the gun!” the cops repeatedly said over their cruiser’s loudspeaker, Browne said.
Murray turned and allegedly fired a single shot — which struck the patrol car. The two cops exited the car and opened fire.
The police officer fired 45 shots — one round in his gun’s chamber, two 15-round magazines and all but one round in his third magazine. He told investigators he thought he was out of ammo. The sergeant also fired one shot he kept in the chamber, two 15-shot magazines and eight rounds from his third magazine, Browne said.
There's more at the link, including photographs of the crime scene.
84 shots fired, and only 14 hits anywhere on the bad guy - none of them lethal or even fully incapacitating. The other 70 rounds simply flew off into space. It's only by God's mercy that no-one else was hit in the fusillade!
I can only suggest that both officers be taken off patrol duty until they've re-qualified with their firearms . . . and it might not be a bad idea for the NYPD to replace their firearms instructors while they're at it! Clearly, the present lot aren't very effective!