Texas Deputy Shot After Less-Lethal Tactics Failed
This is the seventh law enforcement officer shot in just a few days. Comal County Deputies in Texas responded to a suicidal man with a gun. They attempted to use less than lethal tactics to subdue the man who was clearly armed with a gun. The less than lethal were tactics ineffective and there was a deputy shot. Law enforcement often want to use less than lethal tactics when dealing with a suicidal subject, but when the suspect is obviously armed with a gun, attempts at less-lethal can be fatal to responding officers.
The media and a large portion of the public paint us as trigger happy killers, but at the end of the day, it is our goal to preserve life and property unless there is absolutely no other option.
KENS 5 News reports:
A deputy who was injured following a shooting incident in Bulverde Thursday night is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred just after 10:30 p.m. when Bulverde police and Comal County deputies responded to the Bulverde Hills Subdivision for a suicidal subject with a gun.
Upon arrival, authorities found a man in the street holding a handgun and they attempted to talk to him subdue him as he continued to advance towards them.
Authorities said after ‘less than lethal tactics’ were deployed without success, the man raised the gun and fired several shots striking one of the deputies.
Authorities returned fire, striking the suspect several times.
Both the deputy and the suspect were airlifted to University Hospital in unknown condition. The deputy was wearing a protective vest at the time of the shooting and is expected to make a full recovery. The condition of the suspect remains unknown.
We are thrilled to hear that this hero will make a full recovery. We never know what will happen at any moment on any call. This job is not for the faint of heart. This deputy is a hero for stepping up and doing what others can’t. Well done.