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Round Rock police shoot, kill man in dispute
Updated: 4/2/2008 6:30 AM
By: Chelsea Hover

The shooting happened at the 200 block of Ameswood Drive.
A man was shot and killed by Round Rock police Tuesday night after police responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Eric Poteet with Round Rock Police Department said neighbors reported a nude man acting violent in a dispute involving his girlfriend.

Poteet said when police arrived at about 7:15 p.m. to the 200 block of Ameswood Drive, the man attacked an officer and took the officer's collapsible metal baton. That officer requested backup and two other officers responded.

The officers then fired their weapons at the man and he was killed by that gunfire.

"The chronology of events when the shots were fired as to when the man was attacking the officer, that's what the investigation is going to have to determine," Poteet said.

A man was shot and killed by Round Rock police Tuesday night after police responded to a domestic disturbance call.

The officer involved in the scuffle was taken to Round Rock Medical Center with minor injuries, but was treated and released. Round Rock police and Texas Rangers will comb through the evidence and continue questioning witnesses.

The three Round Rock police officers are on paid administrative leave.

The incident marks the first officer involved shooting in Round Rock in the last five years. The last officer involved shooting happened in the summer of 2003. No one was killed in that shooting.

I don't care how you slice it.

There is no way in hell that a naked man could over power three - count them THREE - grown men. Not only that, but these men had pepper spray as well. I guarantee you - that spray on the privates or in the eyes - or both, for fuck's sake - would have completely incapacitated the man.

This man had no deadly weapons on him of any sort other than his own body. Not even a place to conceal one, unless he planned to shit out a gun/knife. What call did these officers have to shoot?

This is not a case of excessive force...this is a case of homicide...pure and simple. These officers were not in fear of their life. At most, they were worried about black eyes, broken noses and ripped uniforms.

I should sure as hell hope they are on administrative leave and I hope to all that's holy that they stand trial for murder. It sure as hell wasn't manslaughter. The NAKED man was shot several times...that's not unintentional act of homicide...that's a freaking "let me kill this dude" act of homicide. And there is no way in hell they could even begin to justify emotional duress...this is part of their JOB...to be cool in emotionally hot situations.

And if we can't trust our officers with their guns...Shooting in defense of your life or when absolutely necessary I can fully support. Slaughtering a NAKED MAN? They better get more than a stupid slap on the wrist.



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Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Not to take one side or another, but for the record the article does state that he attacked an officer and took his collapsible metal baton. So he did have 'a weapon', one that could be hypothetically deadly in certain circumstances. Not arguing whether these circumstances were or were not right, wrong, deadly, not deadly.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, he had a stick...and two others had sticks...and they had a lot more in numbers...

To shoot someone dead to avoid a potential broken bone or two is not a satisfactory solution.

A baton does not necessitate the use of deadly force.

BTW, happy early birthday.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. People who act like this shouldn't be acting for societies safety.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
The baton could have done more than break a bone or two, especially in the hands of a potential PCP-head who is super-crazed. A crack over the head could kill.

But, I agree that 3 cops should have been able to patiently keep the guy from hurting anyone else and eventually get him under control.

My guess is these cops are lame locals who are not used to dealing with these sorts of things. If these guys were really fascists, there would have been another cop shooting in the past 5 years. But I could be wrong.

Anyway, the cops deserve whatever punishment comes their way. The guy didn't deserve to die. But, most importantly, the whole thing needs to be digested and understood.

And thank you for the birthday wishes! We'll see how it goes. Right now I have some conference calls and not a lot else scheduled. Oh, and Tae Kwon Do class. Hopefully I will still be employed next week... not that I love my job, but I need the income and I'm worried that this Friday will be the last day.

Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh no...I hate that kind of worry.

I'll keep you in my thoughts - here's hoping you are still employed come your birthday. **crosses fingers**
Apr. 8th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
hey stranger
It's good to hear from you. I've been trying to get ahold of you for the last few months. Did your phone number change again?
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: hey stranger
No my number has been the same for a few years...though I've been having issues with not actually /getting/ phone calls.

I've been considering changing services due to missed calls and voice mails.
Apr. 8th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: hey stranger
I'll give it another try later today when I'm not surrounded by students more or less trying to study. In the mean time, my email is Veronica.Wiley@du.edu
It would be good to catch up with you.
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