Kingman, AZ SWAT Shooting
Written by Staff Instructor Mark E. Bridges
SWAT officers in Arizona are serving a search warrant at a residence looking for a stolen firearm. The entire incident is captured on one of the team member’s body camera. The video starts as the team approaches and does a knock and announce. A team member opens and secures the screen door and repeats the knock and announce. A SWAT officer tries the front door knob and the door opens slightly. As the door opens the team is confronted by a man armed with a pistol in his right hand down at his side, standing only a few feet away.
The SWAT team immediately challenges the man ordering him to drop the weapon. Several team members are shown to have their weapons up and on target with the suspect carrying his weapon at his side as the officers challenge him. During the confrontation a SWAT officer determines to call for a taser. As the taser is produced and aimed at the suspect, in a “blink the eye”, the suspect raises his weapon to eye level and fires wounding one officer and firing a another round that passed thru the clothing of another officer. The officers who were up and on target returned fire killing the suspect.
The suspect raises his weapon and fires twice on the officers before the officers can fire their weapons, once again characterized above as in a “blink of an eye”. In his upcoming book, Blink of an Eye; The Science of Threat Pattern Recognition, Bruce Siddle documents that HFRG, Inc. research indicates that a subject can raise and fire a weapon from the side of the leg in .37 seconds, literally the same time it takes to blink an eye. Siddle also writes that we as humans are about .5 seconds behind reality, thus explaining why the officers shot after the suspect.
The incident captured on the officer’s body camera is a real life, real time demonstration of the principles outlined in the HFRG Threat Pattern Recognition program. Action beats reaction, officers are always behind on the reactionary curve. Threat Pattern Recognition is the method to putting officers ahead of the reactionary curve.