Sniper Shoots Gun Out Of Perps Hand Instead Of Killing Him

Love how casually he just accepts his fate, barely even reacts

"Welp, shit feller."

I remember reading about this years ago. Apparently when they arrested him he told the cops cuffing him to tell whoever took the shot that that was one hell of a good shot.

“lmao gg wp”

Let them see gunfire though!

His shirt had a silkscreen print of a women's tits on it. Can't let the children see that.

What's the blocked out box for?

"Now I aint want no trouble"

I watched this, and I remember him telling the cops "that was a great shot man"

Marksman: "lol ez af"

“Aw man, I was gonna use that!”

Now that's a fine marksman, inches away from blowing the guys hand off.

His reaction after is priceless... like.. "welp.. I'm fucked. Maybe if chill and don't act like anything happened they won't rush me... yeah.. no. They're rushin me"

North Africa?

Bonus points to the cops for not spilling his beer.

"Damn, missed"


Hospital security here.

If you go soft, "nice guy" hands on with an already combative or escalated person, the subject will sometimes pretend to be compliant right up until you grab them in order to hit you while your guard is down. Even if you're ready for a hit, you're basically going to get hit no matter how fast your reaction speed is. Action is always faster than reaction.

If you're going hands on, it means communication breakdown has occurred; you never do this unless the subject has escalated first. But going hands on puts you in the three foot deadzone for knife strikes or punches, so you need to act fast and never assume they're going to comply, no matter how much they say or act like they will.

Given the choice between possibly receiving a knife wound / KO punch, and making the subject a tiny bit sore, I know what you'd choose in this situation every time... especially if you've got a gun, he doesn't, and you'd like to keep it that way.

"Hey, SWAT Team. We don't take kindly to your types around here."

I remember watching this documentary growing up. Man, I wanted to be a sniper so bad. Pity that it isn't a viable career path in South Africa...

While this may be an excellent shot it is not common practice among police for several reasons. Mainly because its very difficult to do. And secondly if the bullet misses the person altogether who knows how he'll react, he could very well start shooting back considering they just shot at him.

The cop has no way of knowing if the guy has a second gun or a knife.

At the time, I actually knew the guy that made this shot. He told me the reason why they tried it was because the guy wasn't trying to hurt people. He was threatening to kill himself. Basically this is a Suicide by Cop attempt. The felt that trying to shoot the gun out of his hand was the best option. Also, the shot was not from that far away with a very good sniper rifle. He was going to hit the gun or the guys hand.

His tattoo

That's why I say hey man, nice shot

What a good shot man

gg ez

I'm wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life but thank you all for playing with me.

Edit: it SEems my top commeNt is now Dedicated a game tHat doEsn’t Let me leave.


BONUS POINTS! for the cop realizing this, but I can a least yank him to the ground for more dramatic effect. We got him boys, pack it in!

lol, the sniper missed and got lucky

- the cop, probably

It could have been funnier if he just shot one of the legs on that plastic chair.

"I was aiming for his head Mal."

There is little difference between "then and now" other than confirmation bias.

Shooting for the gun is not always a viable solution. It, in fact, seldom is. (The "suspect is sitting and not moving while everyone takes aim" scenario is much more rare of a scenario than a typical potentially-lethal encounter).

That explains his use of special weapons and tactics.


Now Skeeter they ain’t killing no one

"Ok, I want to avoid violence so let's shoot the gun out of his hand"


"Great. Now choke slam him off the chair and kick the shit out of him"

“Well shit”

Best explanation of why cops seem to go "too aggressive " sometimes.

His fellow officers got the busted gun he shot framed for him. He did am interview years ago about it. Amazing shot. Humble man too.

Back then they saved lives. Now they empty a glock g22 into you for not having current registration.


He was on the SWAT team.

Greetings from your neighbor up north!

I remember the documentary from years ago. The police department put the destroyed gun on a plaque and mounted it on the wall.

Not sure who got to shotgun the beer.


He was... Making a point on how stupid censorship is to begin with

That's all well and good but when the cops shoot me for standing infront of their car and doing jazz hands in GTA it pisses me off a little.

Edit: spelling

This is stupid. The dude is alive because the police chose to disarm him rather than kill him. They had no way of knowing if there was any other weapon on his person. They took him down to remove the possibility of the suspect brandishing another weapon. If he was suicidal, the police denied him suicide by police. He represented a lethal threat, and they neutralized him non-lethally. There are plenty of examples of excessive force by LEOs--this isn't one of them. But you just keep on jerking that pud, reddit.

That sniper's either really, really good, or really, really bad.

Or if he's actually hopped up on massive doses of PCP.

"We may have to arrest a white man but he has a gun. "

"Bring me the world's greatest sniper."

you're probably not wrong...

Oh, snipers require training and experience? Thanks for your piercing insight. He was probably only looking for entry level sniper jobs on Craigslist. If only he had asked you for your brilliant advice.

"Hey guys, remember when I had a gun and y'all thought I was gonna do something crazy? It was all a goof man, no need to ta-"

That's east...

nah hes white they aint want shoot him

"And today was another great day to be white"

— Perp

When you get stomped so hard you can't do anything but appreciate the skill of your opponent

The briefcase from Pulp Fiction.

There was a piece I saw on tv about it.

If I remember correctly the sniper kept watching the gun slightly swinging back and forth and timed his shot appropriately.

Edit: I must have remembered the video incorrectly. Here is the video with the sniper that made that shot.

Edit 2: I just read it and my spelling grammar is horrible. Had to fix.

Columbus, Ohio FTW. My buddy was actually dating his the sniper's daughter at the time.

Edit: Nice catch

I know Ohio's a funny place, but I didn't realise people dated their own daughters over there.

"We don't take kindly to people not taking kindly"

That sniper's name? Paul Blart

It's not a good tattoo

He probably thought the guy might have another gun at his back. They have to take precautions and still subdue the guy.

There are levels of violence. Shooting a guy who's sitting in the chair point blank and killing him is pretty high on the list, and the tackle and arrest is a hell of a lot lower...

That'll be fourteen easy installments of $29.99 please.

To all people at work, this guy's link is NSFW.

I think that cop enjoyed tackling him. I would've.

Was the sniper a cop or someone brought in from, like, the National Guard or the local FBI? How's that work?


As the man reaches for his gun, officers charge the suspect and wrestle him to the ground.

WTF. No need to lie on the voice-over to make the cops look even better. We're already on their side.

“Now, now, Skeeter, calm down, he ain’t hurt no body.”

Typical Widow mains.

And he does one of those slow falls, waving his arms.

"Oh. Ooooh no. No no nooooo. Aaaaaaaahhh shit."

Damn, can see why they boxed it out!

And yet Dutch cops are trained to do that and do just fine.

It was, if he approached slowly and the man had a knife the cop could easily be killed, saw a vid where a guy with a kitchen knife stabbed 3 cops killing one and seriously fucking up the other two before they shot him

I definitely lol’d at this. Definitely fitting.

Everyone is accusing this man of being threatening to the police but iirc he got out his lawn chair and sat there threatening to commit suicide on the street.

"Doin good, officer"


This is the opposite of why he says hey man nice shot.

"Well, so much for that plan."

No shit! I've had patients hauled in still fucked up on PCP - totally out of their minds and violent. Although one guy just kept coming out of his room naked yelling "WHO'S GONNA FUCKIN BLOW ME??"

Saw a guy get hit by a car and keep running on a broken leg. I was proud of him probably had a kids baseball game to go to at 4am

He was going for the dick.

It's generally a bad idea to fire a gun at a person for any reason other than to kill.


Well, patient satisfaction is pretty important, so...

Are you sure, I'm sure there's anti poacher or private security that would employ snipers?

Edit- the best sniper in my country's (aus) developed his skills shooting the tails off wild pigs

My money's on the cop being hopped up on PCP.

Have you ever seen someone on PCP? Give the cops some credit.

EDIT: the team in my unit are loving your PCP stories. Also clearly this guy isn't on PCP.

Tl;dw: He got dumped by his girlfriend and thought the perfect way to deal with it was to sit in the middle of the street with his .44. The police gave him a well shaken can of beer before the sniper shot.

Man I miss Firefly.

"This plan is flawless as long as I have my trusty g... Fuck."

Do you... want them to censor the gunfire? hahaha


I could buy Louisiana with that kind of money

That is why they tried to shoot the gun out of his hand. Because he was only threatening to kill himself. They believe he was trying to do a Suicide by Cop.

Then after all that careful work, some jackass, pent-up cop has to violently throw him to the ground

Whatever is written on his shirt I think.