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Posted: February 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Prior to the deputy-involved shooting Thursday night, the top comment generating stories of the week involved the retail store closures in Santa Clarita. Thursday night changed all that. In only 12 hours, more than a hundred readers commented on The Signal’s story “Male suspect dead after deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country.” People energetically debated the incident and we’ve published excerpts from some of their comments below:

“If drugs or mental illness were involved the proper care could have prevented this tragedy. These officers and the witnesses have to live with this forever.”

“I wonder if this was one that over did it. Sad, but thanks to the deputies no one else got hurt.”

“What ever happened to using taser guns or shoot the guy in his foot?”

“You seriously watch too much TV. Shoot the guy in the foot, if an officer does have to use his/her firearm they are trained to shoot at the largest target possible which is center body mass.”

“As always people automatically jump to conclusions without even knowing all the facts.”

“(The man reportedly used) a spear which he used to try to hurt a truly innocent woman who happened to be in her car scared out of her mind expecting the deputies to do something. I wonder if that woman was glad the deputies did what they had to do to save her life and most likely their own or if she would have been happier if the deputies shot him in the foot to give him a chance to actually hurt her.”

“One guy with a hockey stick got shot for rushing deputies. I’m sure 12 deputies could have taken this guy down instead of ending his life. My opinion is this could have been settled in so many different ways. Cops are still getting bad raps and this is why.”

“It was not necessary to fire ten rounds at this person who was not holding a gun. There are other methods besides opening fire. This is why we have training.”

“Everyone jumps to defend a mental loose cannon like the one in Fullerton. Let’s not all chastise the sheriffs who did as they were trained. I’m so tired of no one accepting responsibility for their actions until it all goes terribly wrong.”

“A hockey stick is a deadly weapon, they're solid as hell. Look how it can dent a car. Glad it wasn't that lady's head.”

“This is very serious and very sad that the people who put themselves on the line to protect us are subject to such scrutiny.”

“The fact of the matter is we do not have all the facts. I always take the side of law enforcement until facts have proven otherwise. Maybe he was on drugs or maybe he was mentally ill. But, the cops don't know that . . . This situation sounds very active and moving very quickly. In other words, they don't have the time to get to know and understand the guy who is running in and out of traffic with an object in his hand.”

“Based on many of your thought processes the officers have every right to shoot anyone they want. You are basing the actions of these officers on what other corrupts officers did at another time. Using your logic, based on other people's actions throughout the history of mankind, there is a possibility that this guy running around was looking to kill someone and the officers are heroes.”

“Thank you SCV Sheriff’s department for all you do. I sleep well in my home with my family every night because of the work you do.”


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