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Old 04-10-2012, 05:37 PM
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Default Montana Police Officer cleared in shooting...

Watch this video...things can go bad in a split second.

This actually happened on January 2, 2010!!!
The officer emptied his semiautomatic in retaliation! Darn good shooting
from somebody that just got the crap scared out of him!

A coroner's jury ruled that Hamilton , Montana , Police Officer Ross
Jessop was justified in killing a man during a late night traffic stop. It
took a six woman jury an hour to rule that Officer Ross justifiably shot and killed Raymond Thane Davis after Davis shot at him. The five hours of testimony included this chilling video recording of the shooting made by the police car dash camera. Davis first tried shooting Officer Jessop in the face from a few inches away. The click of Davis ' revolver's hammer hitting a previously fired round was audible on the tape. Davis then shot again as Officer Jessop retreated and drew his own weapon.




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Sad that it even had to go to court.
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As he damn well should have been.
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seen that before

perp got what was coming

god bless the officer
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Why did that EVER go to court?...was the deputy charged with something?...
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Here is the other thread.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...oach-safe.html

I think a coroners jury is routine in that state for similar incidents and does not reflect that the officer did anything wrong. The officer is very lucky to be alive. The other thread got a little derailed.
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
Here is the other thread.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...oach-safe.html

I think a coroners jury is routine in that state for similar incidents and does not reflect that the officer did anything wrong. The officer is very lucky to be alive. The other thread got a little derailed.
Yep, deja vu all over again.
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Unfortunately, the public has no idea what an officer goes through after a police involved shooting... It is no fun. I must admit this should NEVER had taken this long to clear the officer. He was clearly defending his life and returning fire on a violent felon that was a clear danger to society.... I hope he has not lost a minutes sleep over this incident but some do...
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Unfortunately, the public has no idea what an officer goes through after a police involved shooting... It is no fun. I must admit this should NEVER had taken this long to clear the officer. He was clearly defending his life and returning fire on a violent felon that was a clear danger to society.... I hope he has not lost a minutes sleep over this incident but some do...
At least he was focused on getting bad guys and not harrassing.......





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I hope Jessop does not lose a minute of sleep over this. Here is a good article on it.
http://missoulian.com/news/local/art...cc4c002e0.html

Jessop was raised in Pinesdale. He is a 2001 Corvallis graduate who had been working at the Hamilton Police Department since 2008.

On Jan. 1, he came on shift at 4:45 p.m. and was scheduled to get off work 10 hours later, at 2:45 a.m.

That night, Jessop first saw Davis talking to two Hamilton police officers.

The officers were questioning Davis about battery cables that had been cut on his girlfriend's car. The officers told Jessop that Davis was heavily intoxicated and had been warned not to drive.

Not long afterward, Jessop spotted Davis' Lincoln Navigator driving north of Second Street. He pulled in behind and followed the vehicle as it turned on Adirondack Street. When Davis used a turn lane to drive straight through the next intersection, Jessop turned on his lights.

Davis crossed the railroad tracks on Fairgrounds Road and pulled over on a patch of dirt almost directly across from the fairgrounds entrance.

Jessop activated his spotlight, then saw something he'd never before seen during a traffic stop: Davis reached out and slowly adjusted his mirror so he could see the officer.

"That's very unusual," Jessop testified. "Our spotlights are very bright and they hurt your eyes."

Most people immediately turn their mirrors so the light is reflected away from their face, he said.

"At that point, I was caught off guard," Jessop said. "I approached with a little more caution than I usually do."

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Jessop could smell the alcohol on Davis as soon as he neared the window. He asked the man how much he'd had to drink that night.

"Plenty," came the reply.

Jessop said the face that stared out the window that night was hard to describe.

"It was argumentative ... very sure of himself, almost cocky."

Jessop asked him what he meant by plenty. A split second later the officer was staring down the barrel of Davis' .41 Magnum Smith & Wesson pistol.

"The end looked bigger than a quarter," Jessop said.

Jessop heard a click.

Davis pulled the trigger and the hammer fell on an empty round.

"My very first thought - after I realized it was a revolver - was I was terrified. Absolutely terrified," Jessop testified. "I recall thinking I wasn't going to see my wife again. I wasn't going to see my mom, my brothers or my sisters, or my co-workers or my dogs. I was terrified."

Jessop moved his face away from the threat as fast as he could.

"I did hear the click," he said. "I remember stopping. I was actually hoping it was just a joke ... I remember thinking why would you do that to an officer."

And then he saw Davis' head readjust.

"I remember thinking the reason he's readjusting his head is he's going to shoot again," Jessop said.

He ran toward the back of Davis' vehicle, while drawing his Glock 22.

He heard a gunshot.

"My next thought was I had to defend myself and eliminate the threat to me," Jessop said. "I don't recall drawing my weapon. I do remember my first shot. I was conscious that I was shooting my gun."

Jessop thought he'd fired seven or eight rounds. It turned out he'd fired 14.

Six bullets hit Davis' vehicle, including the one that drove through the passenger and driver's seats and into Davis' back.

After Davis' vehicle struck a building and came to a stop, Jessop loaded his rifle and got in his car and moved closer.

Ravalli County Attorney George Corn asked him why - after he'd nearly been killed - did he move closer to his assailant.

"My duty as an officer is to make sure the community is safe," Jessop said. "I had no idea if I hit him or not. My thought was to get close enough to keep the area safe and keep myself safe."

Davis was dead when he was pulled from his vehicle by officers not long afterward.

Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/art...#ixzz1rjZQaWAu
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