Dispatch's wording, while not taken as gospel, does create expectations and predispositions. I suspect this played a role here.Rob72 wrote: ↑Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:43 amFrom experience: if you take Dispatch as gospel, you ain't too bright.Excaliber wrote: ↑Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:08 amOne important element is missing from the story:
Did the dispatcher tell the deputy the alarm was a medical alert or was the call just dispatched as "an alarm?"
The wording of the dispatch will make a big difference in how the officer approaches, what he is prepared to see, and how he is primed to respond.
For the homeowner- never, never, never ever place yourself so that you're back lighted.
Not backlighting yourself while approaching a front door with transparent side glass is more easily said than done. The inside of a home is seldom fully dark and the light spilling in from the porch light would have been enough to easily see the homeowner as he came to the door.
The fact that the officer stated the homeowner opened the door and pointed a gun at him is indefensible. That clearly didn't happen.
I don't see anything else in the circumstances that would justify the officer's decision to shoot.