Police officer shoots man brandishing BB gun

Grand Rapids police said an officer critically wounded a man who threatened officers with what turned out to be a BB gun.
AP Wire
Jan 15, 2014

The shooting happened at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday on the city's southeast side.

Capt. Jeff Hertel said a 19-year-old man contacted authorities saying he couldn't "take it anymore" and not to "send anyone because everyone will ... die."

Hertel said the man opened the apartment door and spoke with officers before running inside. The officers entered the apartment, and the man came downstairs with a "very realistic-looking" black gun.

Hertel said the man refused to drop the weapon, and the officers retreated to a bathroom before one of them shot him twice.

The captain said the officer is on paid leave during an investigation.



would probably read better if it said 'shoots'.


He could have shot someone's eye out!




It was an Airsoft Gun with no Orange tip. The "Man" sounds like he was having some mental difficulties at the time. There is just so much more to this story.

Edit: The report are now confirming it was a BB Gun. I stand corrected.


Sounds like another attempted suicide.


Suicide by cop.

retired DOC

The reports are that it was a BB gun that was a very very close copy of a Beretta PX4 Storm sub compact. The only way to tell them apart is by looking down the barrel when pointed at the officer's face. By then it could have been too late. Glad the officer did not get hurt.

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