Officer Brian Harrison, 32, shot George Temple II, 24, in the abdomen, says Temple’s autopsy report, which the Coroner’s Office released on Friday.We knew from earlier reports that Officer Harrison had shot Temple. We didn't know where Temple was hit. Now we do.
The shot was fired during a scuffle between the two men in the parking lot of the AutoZone at 9007 Greenwell Springs Road, authorities have said.
“This type of shot would not have incapacitated someone,” said Don Moreau, chief of operations for the Coroner’s Office. “It struck no bone or no major organs. He would have lived from this with proper medical attention. It was not a fatal injury.”
We still don't know the timeline, which is critical in all shootings. When the first shot is fired is important in understanding these things. We can be reasonably certain that Harrison's gun was out of his holster during the fight, because Temple was shot with it. We just don't know when it first came into play.
We also learn that Mr. Stephens stopped the fight.
Five serial shots from witness Perry Stephens, 56, caused major injuries and ultimately killed Temple, the report says.This is the lesson for those of us who carry daily. The brain shot ended the fight. There were six shots fired, according to this report. One from the police officer, five from the man who came to the officers aid.
Two of those shots hit Temple’s left lung. Two more perforated his back chest skin and his upper back and lower neck. One shot hit Temple’s brain, the report says.
“The brain shot killed him,” Moreau said. “The other shots, eventually, probably would have killed him.”
Don't believe everything you see on TV. A person shot in the abdomen or in the thorax is still thinking, still moving, still able to do bodily harm. Even a shot to the lungs is not immediately fatal. Temple continued the fight with multiple bullets in his body. Only the shot to the brain ended the fight.
I get asked the question often enough. "Do you have to shoot for the heart? Couldn't you just shoot him in the leg or something?" The answer is simple. When I take out my gun, I want to stop someone from committing a crime. All the perpetrator needs do is stop.
I don't want to kill anyone. I don't intend to kill a single soul. I don't want to lve with the knowledge that my actions caused another person to die. I shoot to stop. If the person stops, then the fight is over. Surrender is always an option.
George Temple continued the fight. George Temple made choices that led to his death. George Temple could have stopped after the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth bullets entered his body. He continued to fight.
Perry Stephens ended the fight. His fifth bullet stopped George Temple.
This situation was all about George Temple. He could have stopped at any time. George Temple is the bad guy in this chain of events. He is the one who should pay for his actions.
Mr. Stephens should sue the estate of George Temple and everyone associated with that estate. Mr. Stephens should also sue the NAACP for escalating tensions in this matter. The investigation shows that George Temple made some bad choices and paid for them. This investigation would have been conducted without NAACP agitation. This investigation was both necessary and proper and would have shown the truth. The NAACP is making some bad choices, and the best way to stop them is in Court.
Hat Tip to Junior.