Never bring a bat to a gunfight, pt. 2
More detail here. The explanation of suicide by cop raises questions in my mind. If a person wants the officer to kill him, it's hardly wise to begin by nailing the officer over the head with a bat, likely knocking him out or killing him. Or to attack from behind. The comments in the previous thread did raise some interesting issues. Might it have been a plan to get hands on the officer's gun, and use it in a mass killing? Might the officer have ejected the magazine, knowing it would disable his gun due to the magazine safety? (At least on my 1911, the safety is nowhere near the mag release -- on the other hand, having been nailed over the head with a bat probably leaves you going on reflex rather than thought).
Doug in Colorado notes, in a comment blacked by the spam filter:
ukulkan, sorry, I can't buy it...the first blow, which left a couple of inch cut in the scalp to be stitched up, would have been about as likely to either kill or render unconscious the officer...not just rattle him. No high school kid can plan with that kind of precision where and how hard to hit him so as to shake him up but not knock him out. Heck, no adult could count on that kind of precise effect either.
...If he really wanted to commit suicide by cop, he could have produced a look-alike airsoft gun or a knife...not bothered attacking him from behind.
The family's reaction is, well, interesting. "He's the baby of our family, and they took him away," ""We just want to know what happened before that incident to see what made him do what police say he did."
"They" didn't take him away, and nothing "made him do" it. He tried to murder someone, and if his aim had been better by an inch or two, he would have succeeded. He was trying to finish the job when the victim got his backup gun clear.