Officer shoots armed woman in leg

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A police officer in Los Angeles shot a woman in the leg, instead of shooting to kill, when she pointed a gun at him. She had just got done taking a bat to a scooter, which had led to an argument. The officers arrived on a call from the security for the Hollywood & Highland parking structure. She dropped the bat and pulled the firearm. Several comments on at PoliceOne, a cop website, said that it had to have been an accident.

The shooting

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Here, from KTLA, is what occurred.

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The incident started shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday when the two women were arguing on the third floor of the garage, according to police. Vargas, armed with a baseball bat, was allegedly smashing a scooter, officials said.

“She then sees the officers, at which point she goes to her pocket, pulls out a handgun. She pointed it at the security guard … then she points it at the officers and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” LAPD Commander Dennis Kato said.

The woman was hit once in the leg, according to police.

Comments from PoliceOne

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Here, from PoliceOne, are comments on what should have been done.

LEG? The fear of overuse, being judged, riots, why not tazer………….is going to get another LEO killed.

I sure hope hitting her in the leg was an accident…

Of course it was an accident. Not a single agency instructs an officer to attempt to shoot at a moving leg when your life is jeapordy.

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While it is interesting that an officer would choose to shoot a suspect in such a manner, it is commendable that they decided to. It could not have been an easy choice, but one where everyone came away alive. It is also sad that police officers are upset by this. It shows the mentality of some of the police. Not every situation will come out like this, but it is good this one did.

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