I was curious, under what conditions “on average” could a police officer shoot a fleeing suspect who does not have a weapon in hand.
I ask because of a discussion in the break room today about where this line is drawn with a scenario given involving 2 gang members who were shot by police in the back while running away from them.
They had (according to the story) each thrown away a handgun while fleeing on foot. Police were pursuing them secondary to a gangfight that resulted in several people being shot and police arrived in time to pursue several of the people involved. Many of the details are not covered in the story. I would be very curious if the officers actually saw the weapons dropped as a key question in the story I heard.
I posted in GD since I’m sure its going to be a pretty fuzzy grey line. I’m not looking for the answer to my specific scenario but more what would be some of the factors to look for.