Yep. After awhile, it was a tactical decision.I’ll preface this saying I have been on dozens of high risk search warrants in my career either as a door kicker or incident commander. Many of them were fortified narcotics locations. It has never taken us 40 minutes to enter any location. Granted, many times, I had the SWAT Team or a breaching kit with me, but there have been many times when it was just patrol guys. As far as lock picks go, we used lock picks exactly zero times. However, where there is a will, there is a way. Police officers are resourceful, and if they need to get into a location, pretty much they can. Doors are for amateurs. We’ve gone as far as knocking out entire walls. But regardless, if they really needed to get in, they could have. I suspect, but don’t know because I wasn’t there, that the decision not to make entry was a tactical one and not because they couldn’t. We’re not talking about a bank vault here.
People keep calling these cops cowards and such. But these guys just chased a man with a rifle that would penetrate the vest they had on, shot it out with him in the hallway. Not an act of cowardness. Maybe they didn’t make the right decisions but it’s not cowardness in the truest sense.