A caller on Glenn Beck’s radio program Monday said that Michael Brown may have been shot at least six times by a police officer in Missouri because, especially with large men, it can sometimes require more than one shot to stop a potential assailant.
The caller, identified only as Jim, said he has first-hand experience as both a former police officer and someone who has been shot.
“I was robbed in an armed robbery, and I’m an old police officer,” he began. “A driver and two gunmen — in front of us, back of us — [pulled] their guns on my children, my wife. He did not know what a Pennsylvania dad does when you threaten his kids.”
Jim said he reacted “like a grizzly bear on this crackhead,” and didn’t even realize the man shot him.
“I just knew I had to protect my family,” Jim remarked. “As I was fighting him, I’m like, ‘why are my shoes all wet?’ I didn’t realize I was bleeding profusely. And then I just punched him as many times as I could.”
Jim said the county sheriff, “a good guy with a gun,” saved him and his family.
Brown’s death has set the city of Ferguson, Missouri, on fire with protests, looting, and charges of racism, and some are citing the autopsy as proof that the officer, who is white, acted recklessly.
But until the public knows why, exactly, the officer shot Brown, Jim said one possibility is that Brown was a threat to the officer, and one shot did not stop him.
“Hollywood has really screwed with our image of how these occur,” Beck’s co-host Stu Burguiere, who filled in for Beck on Monday, said. “You go to Chuck Norris movies or Rambo — you shoot once, they go back 25 feet, explode in midair. Not exactly science. … Especially a bigger guy, you hit a guy in the arm a few times, he’s going to keep coming until you take him down.”
Brown was shot four times in his right arm, and twice in the head, according to the preliminary autopsy report. The two shots in the head were likely the last fired, the report adds.
“That has happened to tons of police officers,” Burguiere said. “Guys in the military can tell you this, as well.”
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