A Good Use of a SWAT Team
During a recent hostage/shooting situation in a Chicago law firm a SWAT team did the job that such units were originally created for: killing a rampaging psycho who is a danger not only to himself, but those around him.
Armed with the revolver, as well as a knife and hammer he hid in a manilla envelope, the gunman locked the office door using a chain and a padlock, and demanded to see lawyer Michael R. McKenna, a 58-year-old Edgewater patent attorney who rented space from the firm.
Angry over what he thought was the theft of what a source called “a toilet seat in a truck,’’ the gunman was quickly met by McKenna and McKenna’s longtime assistant, Ruth Zak Leib.
The gunman, identified by police Saturday as Joe Jackson, 59, of the 5900 block of West Chicago, fatally shot McKenna and shot Leib in the foot.
Jackson then walked down a hallway where he killed Allen J. Hoover, 65, of Wilmette, a partner at Wood Phillips, and North Sider Paul Goodson, 78, a retired school teacher who worked for the law firm in the afternoons, distributing mail and handling deliveries.
Jackson then reloaded and forced a hostage to the floor, alternately pointing the revolver at the law firm employee and at his own temple as the hostage tried to talk the gunman out of shooting anyone else, police said.
Arriving through a back door, a police SWAT sharpshooter aimed and fired. A second police sharpshooter also shot the gunman. Jackson was hit once in the head and once in the chest. Both sharpshooters had permission from their supervisors to fire.
“When we have an active shooting — somebody in the process of shooting people — we don’t negotiate,’’ Police Supt. Phil Cline said. “We try to take them out and that’s what we did tonight.’’
Cline earlier told reporters, “There [were] at least another 25 to 30 people on that floor and I think the Chicago Police officers and SWAT saved those people’s lives.’’
This is what SWAT teams should be used for. Non-violent and non-threatening individuals should not be the target of SWAT teams. Even if there is a possibility of losing evidence, generally the safety of human life should outweigh this consideration, in my view. Pictures like this are simply ridiculous.
Via Radley Balko.