Friday, January 11, 2019

Ridgeland Darwin Award Attempt Fails

The Ridgeland Police Department released the following statement and video.

January 1, 2019, a Ridgeland Police Department officer was patrolling a local retail area approximately 5:30 pm when he observed a group of three individuals (two of whom were walking and one on a bicycle). As the officer watched the group, he observed one of the individuals raise their arm and it appeared the person was holding a firearm. The officer approached the subjects and as he exited his patrol unit to speak with them, he requested the young male subject display his hands. As the subject was walking toward the officer and this request was made, the individual displayed a black in color handgun. The subject continued 'sweeping' the firearm from the left to the right and pointed the firearm at the officer. Commands were immediately given by the officer for the subject to place the gun on the ground to which the subject complied. The other male individual walking could be seen removing a firearm from his right pants pocket and placing it on the ground. The officer secured the individuals and the person on the bicycle was identified as the sister of one of the male subjects. Identification of the individuals revealed the two male subjects were 16 and 15 years of age. Once the firearms were secured and checked by the responding officers it was determined to be a CO2 powered BB gun.

The officer continued the investigation once the firearms were secured and was able to locate their parents/guardians. The subjects were subsequently released to their parents/guardians and a report of juvenile contact was completed by this department with no criminal charges being filed.

The increase in juveniles carrying firearms, whether a BB gun or pistol, revolver, shotgun, etc., is alarming to the law enforcement community. The complacency and lack of concern by young individuals/groups who feel the necessity to carry an object of this nature without worry of the repercussions for their actions is of great concern. Our country has experienced on too many occasions, the tragedy of loss of life of individuals who possessed or displayed a BB gun in the presence of a law enforcement officer. The officers who serve and protect on the streets of not only our community but across the nation are faced with split second decisions which have long lasting consequences for all parties. The results of this encounter, while in this instance, had a favorable outcome we would be negligent in our commitment to the community and protecting our citizens if we did not offer education on the encounters law enforcement officer face.


Anonymous said...

It's a miracle that ended well. Thanks to the police officers training and nerves of steel, we don't have two dead kids.

Anonymous said...

Boy, I'd love to hear the audio on that video.

Anonymous said...

You are SOOOO racist! Did you ever think he needs that BB gun shaped like a real handgun to protect himself from bunny rabbits and squirrels?

Anonymous said...

BB gun or not, the little prodigies were almost certainly looking for someone to carjack. They look realistic enough it could easily be done. Now they went home, likely received no discipline, and next time will be carrying a real gun. The officer should have shot them. They’ll never be anything more than a drain on society leaching off of the tax payer.

Anonymous said...

Holy hell, that kid is lucky he isn't dead!

The officer deserves props for keeping his cool.

Anonymous said...

kids have always carried BB guns and airsoft guns, this isn't a new phenomenon. It's sad to say that this was a great (not a routine) job by the cops as there was no shooting or any deaths. BUT TO SAY that is a lack of concern for the kids to carry an airsoft gun is appalling. This is the big government/ nanny state/ helicopter parents to the max. I carried and shot airsoft guns with my friends all the time. The fact that we have to consider kids being kids to be threats to the community is absolutely wild and saddening.

Anonymous said...

For the dunce at 3:22...Did you totally miss (or dismiss) the part about the kid moving the firearm in a sweeping motion while pointing it at the officer? How many kids of your generation would have done that? It was at that immediate point that the policemen could have and probably should have discharged his weapon.

John Parker said...

Thank you to the officers involved and how you handled this potentially tragic situation. As a black man, if I was on a jury and saw this video of the kid pulling and pointing a gun at the officer and he had shot the child I would have to vote to acquit the officer as I feel that I would have done the same thing. I feel horrible about it and I vow to follow the Chief's plea and use this as a teachable moment. I commit to teach the young men and women in my life to make smarter, more careful and thoughtful decisions in their lives and how they handle themselves. A shooting is tragic for the shooter and the person shot and their families and friends. I will do within my power to reduce them for both sides. Thank you Officers for what you do and try to do everyday.

Anonymous said...


Troll alert !

Anonymous said...

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. If they would have approached another armed person and tried that, it may not have ended well. I wonder when the media and local activists and politicians step up and applaud the good work of the officer or condemn the kids for being stupid? I'll wait.....

Anonymous said...

Agree with all the other posters. People who think guns are cool or that they will somehow make them tough are losers. If a police officer runs into someone walking down the street with a gun, they can't expect to go home alive. Pretty dumb of this officer not to protect himself and shoot these kids as soon as he suspected they may be carrying a firearm.

Anonymous said...


If it had been me I would have probably shot the idiot as soon as the gun appeared. Thank goodness this was a veteran officer that has probably seen these kids before and he didn't shoot them. The really sad thing is that if the officer had fired his life would have been forever ruined for taking an action to save his own life. The next idiots that pull a BB or realistic fake pistol will probably not be so lucky. Yes, I'm glad the officer didn't shoot the punks but I would be 100% in support of him if he had. This video should be shown in all schools, elementary to high school, to show other kids just how close these 2 came to getting killed.

Anonymous said...

Officer should retire immediately.

His reflexes and threat assessment skills are way too dull to be on the streets.

Anonymous said...

That kid is lucky to be alive.

Anonymous said...

Very well said, 4:02.

All's well that ends well, but this officer's restraint could have cost him his life.

So many videos just like this one end with an officer down, or dead.

Anonymous said...

That officer is lucky to be alive an he knows it.

Anonymous said...

@8:47 PM - Wrong. The event is analyzed by officers in milliseconds, combined with training, experience, and an officer's "sixth sense."

This could have gone either way and would have fallen within the law and guidelines.

I doubt that you have walked in the officers shoes, Mr. internet cop.

Been there, done that, now retired.

Burke said...

Honors to both 4:02 and 8:04.

Cops are underpaid and just as afraid to die as any of us. Rare is the occasion when we can expect the sort of moral courage displayed by this officer. As 4:02 was brave enough to say, most of us don't have the ability to get past the impulse for self-preservation.

Anonymous said...

It takes courage to avoid the impulse to fire.

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