It's both sad and tough to open up the New Year with a post about yet another LEO having been shot, but it's happened again in the NYC area.
This New Year's Eve, an off-duty Federal Agent died while confronting a pharmacy robber in a small town on Long Island. He was there picking up his elderly father's cancer medication while the whole thing went down; the robber/drug addict was also shot to death, which is the one bright light in this sorry tale.
Veteran agent John Capano: Rest In Peace.
I will tell you that I am tired of writing these posts. A LEO friend posted on his FB today that 163 U.S. Law Enforcement Officers were killed in the line of duty in 2011. He says:
I don't bring this up to create sympathy for law enforcement, but to maybe help people understand the difficulty of decision making in the job, and why officers sometimes behave the way they do. This and the military are one of the few jobs that one can't protect oneself simply by being "safer", as these jobs have the unique characteristic of danger coming from other intentional and motivated human beings.
A valid and valuable point.
I make no excuse for my husband; he is a Police Officer with a clean heart and is motivated to do good so that good people can live their lives in peace. If in fact the day comes when he has to use his weapon and actually kills someone, I will be the first to support him in any way, shape, or form.
Those of us who do not carry a badge/shield have no idea what it's like to have to make a split-second, life-altering decision. Therefore we cannot judge it.