Police Officer Fired For NOT Shooting Suicidal Man

Police Officer Fired For NOT Shooting Suicidal Man

September 15, 2016

Police Officer Fired For NOT Shooting Suicidal Man

What Happened

Stephen Mader served in the Marines for four years. After his service he came back home and became a West Virginia police officer.

Despite these admirable accomplishments, Mader is currently being fired after putting his military training into effect during a domestic dispute he reported to.  Mader’s case has outraged many. It has distinguished the strict divide between military and police protocol.

It was earlier in the year that Mader responded to a domestic dispute. When he took the call a woman explained that her husband was suicidal and needed help.

When he arrived at the scene he encountered an angered and what appeared to be an armed man.

However Mader’s immediate response was not to open fire.

Instead he used his military tactics to attempt to deescalate the situation.

Mader took notice that the individual was not pointing a gun at him. The distraught man had even asked Mader to shoot him.

Years of military training had taught Mader to properly evaluate “the whole person” before using any kind of deadly force.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it,” Mader told reporters.

“I knew it was a suicide-by-cop.”

As Mader continued to calm the distraught man down, two other officers rushed into the home. One of the officers immediately shot the man in the head. Officers later discovered that the weapon on the man was not loaded.

Terminated

Shortly after the incident, Mader was terminated. Documents indicated that Mader was fired for failing to  “eliminate a threat”.

Servicemen receive extensive firearm training. Simply identifying a weapon simply isn’t enough to justify shooting a potential suspect. They are also taught only to point their weapon when they intend to kill.

“Police training — though its content and length varies enormously across police departments — by and large does not prepare policemen to manage high-stress situations the way the military prepares its soldiers,” A local newspaper reports.

“Police training tends to be short and classroom-based, and rarely emphasizes deescalation.”

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4 Responses

Joe
Joe

September 16, 2016

This is dishonest. You shoot don’t first ask questions later! I support the officer.

Joe
Joe

September 16, 2016

This is dishonest. You don’t first ask questions later! I support the officer.

Carl Sayre
Carl Sayre

September 15, 2016

I find this commentary ignorant at best. He responded as a police officer not as a marine. I applaud him trying to save this distraught man but SOP be it in the military or as a LEO or hell for that matter as a janitor are put in place for a reason. This officer chose to ignore SOP and thankfully he nor the woman on site was injured but the police dept have protocol that needs to followed. I have no way of knowing how long he had been a LEO or what was in his file but to terminate him for this tells me we may not have all of the facts. I would ask what kind of idiot thinks LEO’s aren’t trained not only as well but much better for a situation like this than a soldier? Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors are trained for combat suicide or domestic issues aren’t even part of training were it is with LEO’s. I strongly support our military but this “article” was bullshit start to finish!

kathleen wnink
kathleen wnink

September 15, 2016

This is terrible, the police officer to me did right, saved a life, the officer who shot him in the head should be let go, in my eyes the marine did right!

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