From contact to shots fired in 3 seconds

This is the Sword of Damocles that hangs over the heads of law enforcement officers, who deserve our thanks.

Here is an amazing video of how cops can go from contact to shots fired in 3 seconds.

The reader who sent this rightly commented: “One must be prepared spiritually at all times.”

We don’t have to be cops to be in spiritual danger. Remember that “mortal sin” is called “mortal” for a reason. And spiritual death is a lot more serious than physical death.

Go to confession!



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  1. Semper Gumby says:

    Well done to that alert police officer. For situational awareness the Cooper Color Codes (white, yellow, orange, red) are helpful. Go to Confession indeed.

  2. ChiaraDiAssisi says:

    That was quite awful to see. That poor police officer to have to make that quick and serious decision to save his own life and possibly those of others! He warned him! Thank God for the quick response.

    Really, that was quite sobering and sad. Thanks for the reminder to always be ready.

    Praying for our law enforcement.

  3. Unwilling says:

    What incredible training and self-control the officer must have to save that third guy’s life!

  4. Liz says:

    Wow, that police officer is so well-trained and aware. Apparently, they need to be. That is scary! We just don’t know what is next in life!

  5. Kerry says:

    Hmm…who is the ‘maroon’ running towards the sound of the shot? Notice that the officer’s hand is already on his weapon. We guess the retention strap was already loosened. And I’d wager he knew where the ‘guy’s’ right hand was. He seemedto be advancing ground on the, ‘guy’. Also one sees how quickly he drew his weapon. It seems like only one shot. I think his left hand is quickly hitting the talk button on his radio. The other ‘guy’s’ weapon was small. I don’t believe he fired.
    Malta, thoughts?

  6. Kathleen10 says:

    This is why our officers deserve 100% of our support. His lightning fast reflexes are stunning, as is his rapid turn to the man coming up behind him. One down and as he’s on his way down the officer is contemplating the man behind him coming up. How many of us would want to go to work having not only to face this, but knowing you could end up facing accusations, etc. I fear what will happen when Democrats are in control and our officers are harassed to the point of extinction. Who will answer the 911 calls when no officers are willing to do the job anymore? Don’t think it can’t happen. Or when the quality of police candidates deteriorates and you have hirelings not willing to put their lives on the line for the people they are supposed to protect? We see how that’s working out in the church, not well.
    And Fr. Z. you are right about how quickly things can go bad and we face eternity. A loved one faced that last week when all of a sudden there were headlights in his lane and he was hit head on. Being young and physically strong helped him avoid death (thank you Jesus!) but he’s hurt. We have a lot to be grateful for, that we have him at all. Life changes in an instant.

  7. Kerry says:

    Oh…there is sound. Three shots.

  8. ChiaraDiAssisi says:

    I thought the same thing! I was amazed that he had the self control and processed so quickly whether or not the other person was a threat while** still keeping his eye on the one he just wounded. I could only watch it once, it was so intense.

    I have a friend who always says a quick prayer for all of the law enforcement they pass by doing their duty. I really reccomend that practice.

  9. Markus says:

    During our concealed carry permit classes, our instructor in his 50’s demonstrated decision timing to us. He had me place my 9mm auto on table, facing my target with a round in the chamber, cocked, and safety on. At his shout, I was to pick the weapon up, unlock the safety, and fire three rounds at the target. He placed himself 25 yards to my left, slightly behind me. At his voice command, he proceeded to run at me as I lifted my weapon and prepared to fire. By the time I had fired the first round, he had run a few yards past me. He chose me because I had qualified as the “fastest” and most accurate in the class. This demonstration scared the hell out of me. Law enforcement officers are in a class all of their own. Frequent confession for me? Yes.

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