In the early-morning hours, deputies knocked on 26-year-old Andrew Lee Scott’s door without identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. Scott answered the door with a gun in his hand.
“When we knocked on the door, the door opened and the occupant of that apartment was pointing a gun at deputies, and that’s when we opened fire and killed him,” Lt. John Herrell said.
Unlike the man that these cops were looking for, Scott hadn’t hurt anyone. He was only sleeping. Still, folks, when someone’s pounding on your door at 1:30 a.m., you shouldn’t be scared.
“He was pointing the gun at the deputy and if you put yourselves in the deputy’s shoes. They were there to pick up someone who was wanted for an attempted homicide.”
Officials said the deputies did not identify themselves because of safety reasons.
The cops can feel terrified, of course. That’s sensible. Imagine that poor deputy. But if you’re scared, you’re asking for it.
“It’s just a bizarre set of circumstances. The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police office, you’re going to get shot,” Herrell said.
So, to sum up: when it happens that angry people knock down your door in the middle of the night, don’t you go arm yourself. That’s legal suicide. Okay, got it.