Off Duty Police Officer Kills Gunman

I’ve written quite a few posts on the problems with knock-raids and SWAT team tactics. One could get the impression that I don’t like the police or think that police in general are the problem. This is not the case. I do think there is a time and place for SWAT teams and this is it. Also, of note is the heroism of Officer Ken Hammond who after hearing the sounds of gunfire jumped up from his dinner with his wife, headed towards the sound of gunfire, cornered the gunman, exchanged fire with him until other offiers arrived.

From the article,

“There is no question that [Hammond’s] quick actions saved the lives of numerous other people,” the police chief said.

Police said it was not immediately clear who fired the shot that killed Talovic.

Talovic had a backpack full of ammunition, a shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol, police said. Investigators knew little about him, except than he lived in Salt Lake City with his mother, the police chief said. He was enrolled in numerous city schools before withdrawing in 2004, the school district said.

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Steve Verdon
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Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. Good for you, Officer Hammond. If you assume the shooter had head problems, that is sad. So is the fact that so many fall through the cracks and senseless violence ensues.

  2. Wyatt Earp says:

    Wait and see: Officer Hammond will be up on charges soon enough.

    At least he would if he had been a Philadelphia police officer.