Officers shoot to eliminate the threat

, Posted: Wed, August 27 2014 at 3:30 PM, Updated: Wed, August 27 2014 at 4:10 PM

Officers shoot to eliminate the threat

Medford, Ore. --- Many of our viewers have asked us why officers don’t shoot to wound, by say aiming at a hand or knee, so we brought the question to police.

Medford police say when it comes to use of force, they often have to quickly eliminate a threat from a person who may be trying to shoot others or officers themselves. That means stopping a potentially deadly situation as fast as they can.

It's not shoot to kill, it's shoot to stop and it's center mass shooting because it's the largest target area that's most effective at stopping the threat and it's actually the easiest to hit, in addition, Budreau says in a dynamic situation where bullets are flying, it's not realistic to expect an officer to aim for a small body part, like a wrist or hand and be successful hitting it.

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