Cop Shoots Gun Out Of A Suicidal Man’s Hand

Tyler, TX – Quick thinking and incredible shooting by a Wood County constable ended an hour-long standoff Sunday when he shot the gun out of a suicidal subject’s hand.

Vance said Shadbolt was approximately 30 yards from the man when he fired a round from his rifle striking the man in his hand causing him to drop a handgun.

Full Story – HERE

Every time I hear some cop shot a gun out of a suicidal person’s hand I am struck with disbelief that they actually ever attempt that, and secondly I think of the clip above from the 1997 movie The Jackal.

This is the part that surprises me:

“Shadbolt was in the process of trying to negotiate with the subject when the subject suddenly posed a threat on the constable and he disarmed the subject,” he said.

So this guy who you think wanted suicide by cop, raises his gun to shoot you (or “pretend to”), and your first though is OH I SHOULD TRY AND SAVE HIS LIFE?  Yea, I guess this guy is a better man than I am, because I personally would rather just put one in his chest and go home have a beer, eat a nice supper, and guarantee that I live to see another day.




Jeff July 15, 2012 at 05:38 am

When I saw the title, I thought you were referring to this incident:

Something tells me that the Constable’s shot was luck. Never said he was intending to disarm, just that he did


Curtis July 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

I like how he thinks the SWAT officers were military. In the US, we can’t use military personnel on citizens within US borders.


Curtis July 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

by “he” i mean the guy in the video


cc19 July 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

It’s fine when it works out, but the downside is it gives the uninformed masses the impression that real-life works just like the movies and that the cops should be pulling off this sort of feat all the time. There have been examples already where trick shots like this have failed and the end result was disastrous.


el bombardero July 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

Such a fucking awesome scene. I need to watch that movie again.


Jim P. July 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

A 30 yard shot with a rifle during the daytime with a relatively static target (i.e. not a deer running in the woods) is not that hard.

Now the question that will probably never be answered: Was it intentional, or fortune?

When I say fortune, it could have been that the BG was bringing the firearm up past the aim point and accidentally intercepted the round in his hand. Could the BG have getting into a weaver or isosceles.

Regardless it was good thing.


2Wheels July 15, 2012 at 01:00 pm

A quote from one of my favorite movies came to mind when I read this (Boondock Saints).

“Television. Television is the explanation for this – you see this in bad television. Little assault guys creeping through the vents, coming in through the ceiling – that James Bond shit never happens in real life! Professionals don’t do that!”


Church July 15, 2012 at 06:04 pm

I’ve seen a few real videos of guns getting shot from bad guys. It’s always fun to watch, but risky business.


CK July 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I like how you assume that if you had to shoot someone you would be able to just go on about your life as if nothing happened. I am all for doing what needs to be done to protect others and/or myself from someone with bad intentions, but taking a human life (even a wacko’s) probably has a much deeper impact on your life than you want to admit.


MrMaigo July 16, 2012 at 01:53 pm

Yeah, even with out the psychological impact, I’m sure there’s a shit ton of paper work and meetings the officer would have to go through.



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