However, I am so glad that someone has asked the question I have been asking myself regarding the police officer that fired a bullet at a car on Grant Street during a busy pedestrian time.
This happened last Thursday near Mellon Tower. I walked by just as the whole thing ended and before the rest of the cops showed up. There stood two ladies looking very very scared and downright ready to lose their shit.
I had no idea what had happened, figured a road rage cat fight was fixing to break out, and continued on my way, only to read the account in the paper the next morning. I read the article, put down the paper, picked up my latte, looked out the window and thought to myself, “Holy shit! I’m lucky to be alive!”
Okay, a bit much, I know. My point is this, what would possess an officer to shoot at a car in a crowded downtown street? Let the idiot drive off and find him later. Shooting at a careening car and actually injuring the driver is, I think, a pretty low percentage shot. You don’t shoot at a moving target at Grant and Oliver at 4:00 p.m. unless you see Osama Bin Laden sprinting for the Federal Building with a strange looking package.
I was ready to post an entry questioning the officer’s decision to shoot, but decided to hold off until I got more info. That more info came in the form of this article, in which the officer recounts how he made sure there were no pedestrians that could have been harmed. I decided to put the story to rest while still nursing a feeling that it seems a bit reckless to fire a weapon in such a setting.
But I figured, I don’t want to insult the officer; I have no idea what police officers go through, and he hadn’t fired his weapon at a person in like 20 years so he probably doesn’t have a trigger finger, so just drop it, PittGirl! And drop it I did.
Then the PG went and agreed with me.
Word! I swear they went in my head and read the post I was going to post on Friday.