A Los Angeles Police Department officer, Toni McBride, is under investigation for being a competitive shooter after fatally shooting a suicidal victim who disobeyed orders to drop his knife. The suspect caused an accident involving five cars and was cutting himself with a razor box cutter inside the vehicle according to emergency calls released by LAPD.
When police officers, who were responding to a different call, arrived at the scene and ordered him out of the car, Daniel Hernandez aggressively approached McBride with the knife in his hand. He refused to drop the blade and continued ignoring calls to drop the knife. Toni discharged her firearm, striking him six times with the same accuracy she displays in her videos.
LAPD will assess the incident frame by frame to find whether the officer was justified in using deadly force. The suspect's family attorney says McBride responded like a competitive shooter and could have deescalated the situation.
They say she could have taken cover behind the vehicle, waiting for Hernandez to cool off. The family says her competitive shooting skills undermine her ability to adhere to LAPD firearm policies of using a gun only when justified.
"She loves to shoot all these things as fast as she can," said Arnoldo Casillas, the family's attorney. "That certainly is in stark contrast to the measured, cautious police officer, exhibiting a reverence for life. This isn't a movie."
McBride practiced shooting at Taran Tactical Innovations and posts videos of herself shooting dummies against a stopwatch. She told LA Magazine that "Beautiful girls who shoot as good as they look." She has earned herself complements such as the #HottestCopEver.
Police recovered recordings from two additional witnesses at the scene. In one video, the witnesses could be heard arguing whether McBride should have shot Hernandez. One civilian is heard defending her, saying he was armed and approaching. Obviously, it takes more than a pedestrian argument to prove her innocence, but the incident is not controversial as anti-cops make it to be.
Evidently, McBride is being vilified for having too much training while the same folks always complain about the police lacking in training. For a suicidal suspect, who nobody knew what weapons he had in his person, the officer could not have left too much to chance. However, her association with competitive shooting gives the case the sentimental value that will attract gun control activists to persecute Ms. McBride.
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