Jeffrey Musick shooting: DA rules cop justified in killing man armed with sword
|The sword Musick was carrying.|
Why? He says Musick began repeating, "I'm gonna get you! I'm gonna get you!" while "flailing" his sword around his head.
Burnett told investigators he tried to reason with Musick, but to no avail. An excerpt from the narrative:
Officer Burnett had moved to a position in the middle of the intersection when Musick raised the sword overhead and broght it "down with both hands." In Officer Burnett's words, Musick "literally tried to, uh, slice me in half, I guess." The word traveled so fast and hard that it struck the asphalt and "sparks flew."In response, Burnett says he backed away and drew his weapon as Musick approached. Again, from the report:
I left[ed] my [left] arm up [demonstrating a defensive gesture] and I have a, he's coming at me, I have a clear sight picture. And I fire two shots. In sequence, he was still in motion forward, I fired a third shot and then that's when he stopped moving forward. And then I re-holstered my weapon.Only afterward did Burnett realize that his hand had been gashed by the sword, presumably when he lifted his arm to defend himself.
A subsequent autopsy of Musick determined that while he registered a "presumptive positive for Cannabinoids," he had no other medication in his system -- potentially a problem in his case.
Officer Burnett's wounded hand.
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