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Police say Ohio deputy wounded by friendly fire

Published: Fri, December 16, 2011 @ 11:24 a.m.

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio deputy wounded during a gunfight earlier this week was shot by a fellow officer, not by a man who police say had come out of his home firing.

Police investigating the shooting said at a news conference Thursday that it was very dark when Lorain County Deputy Charles Crausaz was accidentally shot under an arm Monday night. Multiple news outlets report that Crausaz was released from a Cleveland hospital on Thursday.

The fellow deputy who fired the shot is not expected to face criminal charges or disciplinary action. Sheriff Phil Stammitti says that officer has been placed on paid leave and will receive counseling.

Authorities said the gunman who started the shootout apparently shot himself to death later, in a field.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Why shoot when you don't have a clear avenue to the intended target ?

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2redvert(2196 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Even though these guys are supposed to be trained, they sometimes panic. Some time back I read where something like 75 rounds were fired at a guy by a number of cops from a reasonable distance and only 5 or 6 hit him. No one is firing back at the shooting range.

A lot of cops like the 45 caliber cause it tweaks their ego but if they miss with the first round, the rest they fired are taking out the street lights.

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3liberty76(7 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I love the comments from the "experts" who don't have a clue about a gunfight. Who says the shooter is to blame? Maybe the wounded officer ran or tripped in front of the shooting officer? Maybe the wounded officer was struck by a ricochet? Maybe the shooting officer had no choice but to fire with other officers in close proximity (because the suspect was firing at them and the other officers weren't able to immediately defend themselves)? The accuracy of shooters (both officers and suspects) in these circumstances frequently is very low. The shooting usually starts without warning, and the "targets" and shooters are both moving. This isn't a videogame and it's not practice on a firing range.

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4BenitaDrugs(42 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Thats why Andy always made Barney keep that one bullet in his pocket.

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