Troubled over Elkton shootout
FROM: MICHAEL SAPONARO ELKTON
I find it hard to write this letter.
I am a Republican, pro-law enforcement type of guy. I witnessed the shootout the other day. It sounded like a firefight back in my Vietnam days.
Later, I found out two troubled young people, who were no doubt in trouble with the law, had been killed. Yes, they pointed a gun at police — not very smart — but were the police really in imminent danger?
Easy for me to say, I did not have gun pointed at me, I know. But lets look at the facts, the police had already backed away from the door, with more than 10 guns all pointed at the suspect. They told them to put down the gun and they did not. We are not even sure if they fired a shot at police since they only had BB guns.
I understand the police could not have possibly known this. My problem is the quick reaction to fire instead of trying to negotiate, yes, even with the gun drawn. And then the overwhelming firepower that was targeted at these criminals, who are still someone’s son and daughter. The comments I hear around today is “We got them, rah rah rah.”
My feelings is what a shame we did not get a chance to save them from themselves and maybe through jail and rehab perhaps help them become productive citizens. Maybe not! We will never know.
Is anyone else troubled out there with this chain of events and the loss of these young lives? Or the overwhelming quick use of firepower by the police?