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How I got killed yesterday afternoon
August 28, 2013 - Stephen Browne
Yesterday afternoon I got killed in a shootout with police! How cool is that?
I covered a police training seminar on high-risk traffic stops. The seminar concluded with scenario training using simunition, guns which fire plastic bullets with paint loads - they're not fatal but they smart some.
The trainer needed volunteers to be the bad guys, someone who'd hop out of a vehicle and start shooting.
So I said, "Who wants to shoot a journalist?"
Laughter all around, a little gleeful I thought.
I was planning on shouting, "Eat hot printers ink coppers!" but under the very real stress of the situation I forgot and just jumped out and emptied my clip. I took two rounds to the belly and chest, one in the left wrist and two to the face mask. I still have the dots on my skin.
I hit the patrol cruiser at least twice, on the hood and the windshield, probably right between two barricaded officers.
This is something to remember the next time you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror - every cop lives with the possibility this is what might happen every time they pull someone over for a burnt out tail light.
I go into more detail in the article but basically when stopped, show your hands, be cooperative, be courteous and everybody goes home happy.
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