A Durham, North Carolina, police officer proved his shooting skills when he aced a “hostage shot,” saving a woman’s life in the process.
Dennis Lawrence, 26, was in the process of holding a McDonald’s employee hostage when Sgt. Glen Price entered the premises. Price saw that Lawrence had his arm wrapped around the woman’s neck, and believing the victim was in imminent danger, he fired a single shot.
“Every indication was that he was going to harm and was capable of killing the victim,” said Police Chief Jose. L Lopez.
The round whizzed past the woman’s head and struck Lawrence in the face. The employee escaped uninjured, but Lawrence was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his non-life threatening wounds.
Lawrence was charged with two counts of assault on a female and two counts of communicating threats.
The shooting is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department’s Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division, which is pretty much standard procedure across all agencies for any officer-involved shooting.
“This is a real serious example of what officers have to go through on a daily basis,” said Lopez. Split-second decisions that involve the lives of others.”
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)