Officer David Smith died when an enraged perp reached into his police car, got his gun, and shot him

But for his willingness to use deadly force, Darren Wilson might be as dead today as his brother law enforcement officer, David Wilson, of the Johnson City, NY Police. William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reminds us of the largely forgotten incident in which a peace officer died only a few months prior to the death of Michael Brown, strong arm robber, now being lionized by some as a hero and martyr.

A reader from this area (Johnson City is about 45 minutes from Ithaca) forwarded me the link, writing: “I had forgotten about this event very close to home but it seems to me that it is relevant to current events.”

Police: Johnson City police officer was shot and killed with his own weapon

Jacobson notes:

As recounted in this video, the circumstances were remarkably similar to the initial assault on Darren Wilson by Michael Brown: Sucker punches to an officer seated in his patrol car, with the perpetrator then leaning in to try to steal the weapon:

 

 

When an enraged or intoxicated perp (and Brown appears to have been both – see the surveillance video of his thuggery against a store owner half his size) reaches into a police car to grab an officer’s weapon, it often comes down to a question of which of them will be shot. Those who argue Officer Wilson should have sacrificed his own life so that a violent thief could live will never convince me.

But for his willingness to use deadly force, Darren Wilson might be as dead today as his brother law enforcement officer, David Wilson, of the Johnson City, NY Police. William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reminds us of the largely forgotten incident in which a peace officer died only a few months prior to the death of Michael Brown, strong arm robber, now being lionized by some as a hero and martyr.

A reader from this area (Johnson City is about 45 minutes from Ithaca) forwarded me the link, writing: “I had forgotten about this event very close to home but it seems to me that it is relevant to current events.”

Police: Johnson City police officer was shot and killed with his own weapon

Johnson City (WSYR-TV/WIVT-TV) – Police say a suspect shot and killed a Johnson City police officer with the officer’s own weapon on Monday morning.

Officer David Smith was an 18-year veteran of the force, police said at an afternoon news conference. 

The suspect, 43-year-old James Clark of Greene, pulled away Smith’s weapon and shot the officer three times, according to police.

Clark fired at another officer, who then shot the suspect several times. Clark was taken to a hospital and later died. (snip)

Witnesses said Clark, an MRI technician at the facility, was acting irrationally. Police say he claimed to have a bomb, grabbed and shook a fellow employee, and kept others from entering the building.

Police later determined that there was no bomb.

Clark exited the building waving his arms, according to police. He then approached the police vehicle Smith was in and attacked the officer.

Police say there was a struggle during which Clark got a hold of Smith’s gun and shot the officer.

Smith was one of two officers initially called to the scene and the first to arrive.

Jacobson notes:

As recounted in this video, the circumstances were remarkably similar to the initial assault on Darren Wilson by Michael Brown: Sucker punches to an officer seated in his patrol car, with the perpetrator then leaning in to try to steal the weapon:

 

 

When an enraged or intoxicated perp (and Brown appears to have been both – see the surveillance video of his thuggery against a store owner half his size) reaches into a police car to grab an officer’s weapon, it often comes down to a question of which of them will be shot. Those who argue Officer Wilson should have sacrificed his own life so that a violent thief could live will never convince me.