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Police in Arizona Shoot Man Holding 9-Month Old BabyTim King Salem-News.cmo
Scottsdale Officer James Peters has killed six people in the line of duty, in seven 'justified' shooting incidents.
(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) - An unarmed Arizona grandfather was blasted in the head this week by a police officer who killed the man because he "thought" he had a weapon. This was the particular officer's sixth fatal shooting in the line of duty, it happened Tuesday night in Scottsdale, .
"There were at least three officers in position to engage the suspect. At least one of the officers thought he saw something in the suspect's hands," Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark told Arizona's KPNX.
The information is limited, the Website for Scottsdale Police, apparently doesn't post current information, there was no mention of this terrible event.
According to local reports, 50-year old John Loxas had his 9-month old grandchild in his arms as he walked around his neighborhood, apparently making threats toward 'neighbors and police'.
However the man was outside of his own home with the child, when he was shot through the head by a Scottsdale officer named James Peters. Mr. Loxas was killed immediately, and it is reported that Peters was not confronting the man, instead he used a scope and fired from a distance.
It sounds like Mr. Peters, a 12-year police veteran, has a 'shoot first ask questions later' approach to his work, and he has no reservations with killing people. KPNX reports that has been involved in seven shooting incidents in his career and six of the seven people he shot were killed. All of Peters' past shootings were justified. In three of the incidents, other officers also fired their guns.
Neighbors are questioning this police officer's actions.
Peters first shot a suspect in 2002, as a member of a SWAT team. This was the one non-fatal shooting he was involved in. From 2003 to 2010, Peters was involved in five shootings - all of which were fatal. Peters received a medal for shooting a suspect that took a hostage in a store after hijacking a doughnut truck driver, USA Today explains, however according to their article, he has been called out for his actions in the past.
An attorney named Jason Leonard in Fort Myers, Fla., represented the family of a man who was killed by Peters and another officer in 2006. He says Scottsdale, Arizona seems only concerned with supporting this officer, when the actions of Peters are questionable.
"My concern is that he seems to shoot first and ask questions later and has been supported in this policy," Leonard said to USA Today.
"I don't think he's going after innocent citizens, however, if you find yourself in a precarious situation, he seems to err on the side of escalating the violence."
It interesting that Scottsdale Police told reporters that the nine-month old baby was not injured in the shooting, when in fact any rational person knows that such an event would be terribly scarring for any child.
Detectives found no weapon on Loxas following the shooting.
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