If you’ve missed it on the news, there was a shooting here in Utah Monday evening. An 18-year-old with a shotgun killed five before being cornered by Ken Hammond, an off-duty police officer who kept him pinned down with fire until uniformed officers arrived. It’s not clear who fired the shot that killed Sulejmen Talovic, but the perp is dead, and lives were saved as a result.
From the CNN coverage:
Hammond’s boss, Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner, said the state Senate wants to honor him.
“Thank goodness he was there,” said Greiner, who is also a state senator. “You don’t want to ever say it’s good we were there and killed somebody, but it’s probably good someone was there.”
… and killed somebody. I’ll go ahead and say it if you won’t.
Okay, I’ll waffle a little. It’s not good that somebody HAD to be killed, but when placed in a situation where the alternative is letting a deranged punk kid slaughter innocents with a shotgun and a backpack full of ammunition, it is a good thing officers shot and killed Sulejmen Talovic.
It’s also a GREAT thing that Hammond carries his pistol with him off-duty. He probably saved another five or ten lives last night by being willing and able to take one.