VIDEO: Driver Exits and Attempts to ShootBy Calibre Press | May 7, 2015
A video was released from a shooting that occurred on August 24, 2014 in Colonial Heights, VA.
After Officer Greg Thinnes yelled commands 10 times over the course of a minute for the car’s driver to show his or her hands – he couldn’t see who was inside – Melissa Alexander threw open the car door and pointed a loaded .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol at the officer.
Thinnes, who was taking cover behind the door of his patrol car with gun drawn, fired six times – two of which struck Alexander in her front torso. Even after she was shot, Alexander tried raising her gun again before collapsing to the ground, the video shows. She survived the incident.
“Even though you prepare for those things, when you’re faced with (deadly use of force) you cannot hesitate,” said Colonial Heights Police Chief Jeff Faries. “If you hesitate, my officer is dead. It’s a split-second decision.”
“You have to be well prepared and he was,” Faries said of Thinnes, “He was faced with a life-threatening situation, and he did as he was trained to do.”
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