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"I confronted evil in the parking lot. And evil was not gonna leave there."

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by ronduke, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. ronduke


    Jan 24, 2007
  2. seanmac45

    seanmac45 CLM

    Apr 13, 2000
    Brooklyn, NY
    Two guys with a lot of heart.

    God bless them both.

  3. scottydl


    May 31, 2005
    The Middle
    Amazing! The Lt.'s more extended interview was posted here recently too. Should be required watching for all officers, on the importance of "will to live" in these situations.

    EDIT: here's the other interview...
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  4. x_out86


    Feb 19, 2007
    Great story that needs to be told.

    Best wishes in recovery to Lt. Murphy.
  5. yamen1999


    Oct 4, 2008
    I am not LE and I am just learning tactics with firearms. I watched both videos of the shooting at the temple and the bravery displayed is awsome.

    My question here is why didn't the first officer use his car and get closer to the shooter and use his car as cover?
  6. golls17

    golls17 Lifetime Newbie

    Feb 3, 2009
    Cover or not, distance is your friend. Sure, you may be less likely to hit your target at that distance, but you're also less likely to get hit. Plus, the second officer was using a rifle as opposed to the shooter using a hand gun, giving him even more advantage over distance.

    Plus there's often a misconception that cars are good cover. There are very few parts of the car I'd trust to stop a round. I cringe when I see cops crouched behind door with their head popped out over the top of it in the "V" between the door frame and the car frame (is that the pillar) and basically have their gun resting on the mirror and their entire torso is exposed by the window. Is a car door better than nothing? Absolutely, and sometimes that's all there is. But if using the car and given the half second extra, get it at an angle and get down behind the engine block, and hope the other guy doesn't know about ricochet...

    When used properly, yes a car can be good cover. But remember that does not include the windows.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  7. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    That's someone that was prepared to win at all cost.

    Well done Officer Lenda, and get well soon Lt. Murphy.
  8. scottydl


    May 31, 2005
    The Middle
    Having seen/read most of the press on this shooting... when Lt. Murphy arrived, he noticed two victims down in the parking lot and that was his focus. It wasn't until a few seconds after he stepped out of his car that he encountered the shooter running from the building. i.e. he had no idea where the shooter was and already left the vehicle when the threat arose.

    Side note, very few parts of a car offer cover... only concealment (BIG difference) which is worthless when the BG has already seen you. Unlike TV and movies, pistol rounds will go through most parts of a car, and rifle rounds will go through almost EVERYTHING including solid steel wheels. Engine block is perhaps the one exception, and if you huddled behind that then you are not actively fighting (which you should be).

    Better cover is something more solid & more narrow (than a car) that you can still "pie out" and shoot around, i.e. large trees, corners of stone buildings, fire hydrants (if prone), etc.
  9. Kelo6


    May 20, 2008
    Prayers for their recovery, both psychologically and physically.

    As already stated, the proper combat mindset is so important, and keeping yourself proficient with your weapons is too.
  10. BL33D 4 M3

    BL33D 4 M3 SDMF

    Nov 19, 2005
    Chicago/North Burbs
    Lt. Murphy is squared away. So glad he survived and best wished for a full recovery.
  11. flw


    Apr 4, 2012
    These are our hero's.

    Thank You
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  12. This video is absolutely why every police officer should be able to arm themselves with a rifle.
  13. +1

    While I'm also a fan of the trusty old shotgun, the added rate of fire and precision of a rifle makes it a very valuable tool.

    Prayers for both of these men!

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  14. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox
    I played that for my shift after I finished roll call the other day. It was the first time I've seen everyone shut up. :supergrin:

    Two badasses, right there.

  15. windpoint


    Feb 23, 2012
    I live 10 miles south of Oak Creek. It's usually a very quiet area. Not an urban dirtball city. On a Sunday morning, no one would expect this, but we have had a number of high shooting incidents in Southeast Wisconsin. To be caught by surprise they did such a great job. We are all very proud of them.
  16. OFCJIM40

    OFCJIM40 Happy Jaeger

    Jan 22, 2001
    Chicago-area, IL.
    Yup, I saw this on the ABC Nightly News the other day and they are both certified badasses. Both with the warrior mentality. I liked Lenda a lot. Had a very old school air to him, mustache and all, but he brought the business hard. I like a salty veteran that's ready to take care of business.
  17. blastfact


    Aug 15, 2011
    These story's and video needs to be shared with the public more. And I'm very glad to hear that the responding backup was ready to use his squad as a weapon. Never forget your wheels are a awesome weapon.