This is why Police need to use the Glock in the first instance. It is a terrible case where the sole officer’s nearest police suport was 70km away. By the time those reinforcements had arrived this police officer could well be dead.
Fortunately some members of the public and Fire Service intervened. They are heros.
Tactically, in an agressive situation it may well have been better fi the officer had drawn his Glock in the first instance.
Firefighters and Kawhia locals came to the rescue of a rural Waikato policeman last night when he was knocked to the ground and attacked by at least five offenders, police say.
The policeman had been set upon by at least five people, who were kicking him as he coiled up in pain on the Kawhia wharf, as about 80 members of the public watched on, inspector Rob Lindsay said.
The group took his taser, his radio and his pistol and were only stopped when local firefighters and the public stepped in to intervene. If they hadn’t, the outcome could have been much worse, Lindsay said.
Although the officer had called for back-up, his closest colleagues were 70km away in Ngahinapouri and couldn’t make it to the scene in time to put a quick stop to the attack, which left him with serious bruising and grazing to his face, arms and body.
No one could have faulted the police officer had he drawn and shot these offenders. Read more »