VIDEO: Crazed Man Attacking Deputy Soaks Up 12 Rounds Before He’s Stopped
A mad man’s killing spree in Montgomery County Maryland didn’t end all that suddenly on Saturday morning, and a viewer videotaped it. After hitting a lone deputy twice with a long stick, the assailant took a dozen rounds while still walking towards the officer.
It looked like nightmares. The attacker looked more like a college professor in his sports coat and khaki pants than a maniac killing cops. The evil grin on his face added a crazy horror movie feel as the man just kept walking towards the retreating deputy. That was after he broke a long piece of wood with a couple of blows on the deputy forearm.
The History of WUSA says the man caused a couple of accidents by ramming other vehicles before the deputy arrived.
The incident happened at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Montgomery County Police received multiple 911 calls Saturday morning from a man who was driving in the area infrequently. Police chief Marcus Jones said two cars were hit by the driver before the deputy arrived at the scene.
When the MP arrived, according to Sheriff Darren Popkin, he saw the man walking towards two people with a large wooden stick. When the proxy intervened, the proxy and the man started fighting, and the man hit the proxy at least once with the piece of wood.
The MP tried to use his taser, according to Popkin. When unsuccessful, the deputy shot the man, the sheriff said.
Here is the video. It’s NSFW because of the violence and language the man in the color commentary used to record the incident from inside his car.
There are many lessons here for those carrying a weapon for personal defense.
First of all, distance gives you time and time gives you options. Options often mean security. This MP was faced with an opponent with a very long stick and a willingness to use it as a weapon. The policeman did the best he could to use his mobility (or lack of mobility) to create distance. But let’s face it, this cop wouldn’t leave his attacker behind.
When either of us faces an assailant with a sharp weapon or an instrument with blunt force, your mind should be thinking about distance and obstacles. Both give you time to think about options. The Tueller drill is widely used for a reason.
Second, the deputy showed good tactic by moving around while shooting. Therefore, we should all “get off the X” and practice shooting while moving. Not all areas allow this, but if in practice you can find places or ways to shoot while en route, do so. It could one day save you from death or serious injury.
Screencap from Boch via Streamable
Next up this sure looks like a “failure to stop” after being shot with the first few rounds. This could indicate that the attacker hid body armor under his clothing. In these cases, the head should be the target of opportunity, but the pelvic region moves much more slowly. This is the shooter’s choice. In the end, the villain finally went under … after twelve (!) Rounds. That’s a good thing, because Deputy Dog probably only had three or four left in the magazine.
Keep a link to this video on your phone. It should be played every time a gun control lawyer or politician suggests that no one needs more than ten rounds on a magazine.
For those of us carrying single-stack 9mm or .380 pistols or .38 revolvers, the assailant here would likely have come into contact with you after you had exhausted your 5, 6 or 7 rounds. And it’s difficult to reload if someone hits your bowler hat. Between misses and ineffective hits, you need to be prepared for what happens next if your Snubbie or Ruger LCP runs dry before an attacker is out of attack.
We all know that there are a lot of crazy people wandering around society today. This MP was simply unfortunate enough to come across one on a Saturday morning in February. Unlike the rest of us, the deputy couldn’t just use the Nike Defense and run away. However, the unidentified MP appeared to have exhausted all avenues of avoidance, even if there was a risk of harm to himself, before finally stopping the threat.
Eventually the MP made a few mistakes, but by and large he stood between the innocent people of his ward and a seemingly insane lunatic. This situation could have been much worse if Professor Longstick had attacked a mother and her child or toddler as part of his rampage before one or more police officers arrived. For this we should all be grateful for the actions of this deputy.