Don E. Farr sent an email circulating around, this one entitled Keep that Walther Handy! …
Living on the border, we are all familiar with criminals coming from Mexican Gangs. In this situation, three armed felons crossed the US border, and tried to rob an off duty El Paso, Texas Police Officer dressed in civilian clothes while he stood in front of a bank. The plan was for two of them to grab his backpack and toss it to an accomplice on a stolen motorcycle. However, the well prepared Police Officer shot all of them, managing to kill 2 immediately. The 3rd one was shot in both arms and bleed to death before help arrived. Gun used: a 40 cal.
FALSE – There was one picture with the email posted below [Caution: graphic].
provides the best examination and was able to obtain the complete set of photos. Sig94
is a retired police officer who processed crime scenes for seven of the 24 year he served. Using 12 photos the retired officer at Signal 94
does an excellent analysis. His breakdown is professional and demonstrates his skill with crime scenes.
An anonymous commentator (at the same site) deduced that it was photos taken in Brazil. First clue for me was the crowd standing around – they didn’t quite have the appearance of El Paso residents and the license plate on the car at right. Then there was the fact that there wasn’t any medical unit around, yet a traffic officer was there and the person taking the angle shots. By that time a medical unit would have arrived on the scene.
I could find no mention of this story at Snopes
or Truth or Fiction
. Besides the first clue being that the person did not give a source of their information, this is a 98% fact that it is a picture gotten from Brazilian news source
and made up the story for what reason I have no possible idea. As one commentator at Signal94 stated – Bravia
is a store chain in Brazil.
The closest story to this description and photos (that I found) comes from Rio de Janeiro, June 15th
2009 in a clash with drug traffickers. The photo angle shot shows this store:
Can’t see the police badge, but doesn’t look like the El Paso badge pictured at beginning of this article. [😄 Talk]
It also matches description of a report about the police officer’s conduct:
The violent methods used by the state’s police forces have been criticized by the United Nations and Amnesty International, but Rio de Janeiro Gov. Sergio Cabral backs the approach taken by the security forces in dealing with drug traffickers.
Something like this would probably have been headlined all over mainstream media, not to mention the TV news folks.