I was reading this morning about an off-duty police officer who returned home, found things with his house were not as they should be - doors were locked that hadn’t been locked before.
He ended up shooting his own son in the arm because he thought it was an intruder.
The article leaves out a lot of information that could help readers make an informed decision on whether the cop was culpable or not.
We may infer from “no charges are expected to be filed” that the police had no problem with the shooting, but…this did happen in Texas.
I’d like to know more.
Did the cop turn on all the lights, see a movement and shoot first without recognizing his son?
Or did he wander around with the lights off, see a movement and shoot first without being able to recognize who he was shooting at?
In this instance, since the shooting didn’t result in death perhaps the news coverage won’t elaborate in future articles just how the cop went about securing his home, but it would be interesting to keep track of how news media does cover these types of home shootings in future.
And should an experienced cop be held to a higher standard than an armed citizen, in going through a house and not accidentally shooting one’s relative?