From “The New American” magazine page 41, April 3, 2006 by Kurt Williamson
A Baton Rouge, Louisiana citizen wearing a neck brace and using a cane shot & killed a man who was attacking a police officer who had pulled the man over for a traffic violation.
Perry Stephens, no age listed, said he heard Officer Brian Harrison yelling for help followed by gunshots. Upon responding to the officer’s calls for help Stephens found the officer on the ground with another man on top of him punching the officer.
Stephens told the man attacking the officer to “get off” the officer and when the man refused, Stephens shot the man 4 times in the chest, but the man continued attacking the officer causing Stephens to shoot the man in the head killing him.
The attacker, George Temple, had also been shot in the abdomen by the officer prior to Stephens coming to the officers aide.
A witness at the scene told WAFB Channel 9 that Stephens “probably saved the officer’s life”, but also said he didn’t hear Stephens tell Temple to get off the officer prompting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Temple was a negro, while Stephens is white, to claim racial bias in Stephens decision to shoot Temple.
Temple was not armed, but he was a large, athletic man who competitively boxed, and he was definitely the aggressor in the incident.
The District Attorney’s office is investigating to determine whether a reasonable person would think it was necessary to shoot someone a fifth time, in the head, after shooting the person 4 times in the chest.
According to the article, Louisiana law allows the use of deadly force in defense of others to “prevent a violent or forcible felony involving danger to life or great bodily harm.”
It seems to me that Stephens acted properly if not heroically and should be given an award for his actions. Had George Temple not chosen to feloniously attack a police officer he may just be alive today.
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