Sad But Necessary

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The story coming out of Miami this afternoon is certainly tragic. Responding to a passenger who made claims that he had a bomb, a federal air marshal shot and killed the suspect who in fact did not have any explosives of any kind on him.

Worse is that his wife witnessed the shooting, and reported that her husband was sick and not on his medication. Unfortunately, the agent had no way of knowing if the suspect had any explosives, or of his condition, and took the right course of action when the suspect ignored orders to halt and reached into a bag.