The Anonymous Widower

‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Shots Fired – Police

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

Eight police officers fired a total of 50 bullets to kill the three London Bridge attackers, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

He described it as an “unprecedented” number of shots fired by police.

An IPCC investigation would take place, but he said that the situation officers faced was “critical”.

He said he was “humbled by the bravery of officers who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber”.

I don’t like guns and it is one of the reasons, I don’t go to the United States.

But I still think the number of bullets fired was excessive, especially as one round hit an innocent member of the public.

Thirty years ago, after Metier had been sold to Lockheed, I met one of their guys, who looked after research into unusual devices for Special Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.

One thing we discussed over a couple of drinks, was a tranquiliser gun, which is regularly used by superheroes and wild animal vets. I can remember him saying that they could have applications where human shields were being used or in crowded encounters, where the chances of hitting the wrong target were high.

I also remember other ideas being tested.

So are we doing enough research into creating weapons that deal with the situations that arose in the London Bridge attacks and will surely arise in the future?

I hope that in the major IPCC review of the attacks, which must happen, the scope and efficiency of the weapons available to the Police is thoroughly examined.

One question, I would ask, is do they have a weapon, that could stop a truck, larger than the Renault van used last night?


June 4, 2017 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. The number of shots fired is normal. I take it you are not a firearms expert from your commentary. In the real world police often have to use what seems like a ridiculous number of rounds to hit their targets, because under a life and death scenario the amount of adrenaline pumping through your veins plus the fact that you are shooting at a moving target makes scoring hits quite difficult. That is why special forces like SAS, SEALs, ect often run many miles before shooting in order to approximate the stress of combat. God Speed from the US.

    Comment by William McIntyre | June 4, 2017 | Reply

  2. I’m not. One of my friends used to be a Metropolitan policeman, who stood outside Number Ten at times. He always said, that everything should be done to speed up the fire process.

    At least in the UK, it’s very rare for the Police to have a shoot out with a gunman.

    Comment by AnonW | June 5, 2017 | Reply

  3. The question about the weapon which would stop a large truck is a sensible one, probably one they wouldn’t answer for security reasons though. They have spikey strips which burst tyres – at least do on TV crime dramas, which I watch sometimes.

    The weapons etc do need to be looked at, but once we have got used to dealing with one type of situation, the terrorsts switch tactics and we have to think again.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | June 5, 2017 | Reply

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