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Phoenix AZ 1/9/21 - Officer makes precision shot during hostage situation saving a small child

phoenix az police depatment LPVO rifle hostage shoot

Check out the above video, it should start around the 2:30 mark.  Something you will see very quickly, other than the gigantic set of balls on this officer, is the fact he was using an LPVO (low power variable optic) on his patrol rifle.  I have always been a proponent of more specialized equipment and training to properly apply that equipment than less.  You can always not use the equipment but when you need it, you absolutely have an immediate need for that tool and it may be life or death.  As far as I am concerned, there should not be a shift, in any police department, in the entire USA that does not have at least one officer who is a "squad designated marksman" of some sort.  I am not talking about a .338 with a 32x maximum magnification rifle a patrol officer is riding around with, although there is definitely an application for that in some areas of the country.  What I am talking about is a 1-4/6/8/10x or a 2-10x on a 16" AR15 rifle, coupled with a good zero that's set with good law enforcement quality ammunition, this will provide a capability that is specifically suited to the everyday reality of what a patrol officer may experience.  There is no excuse anymore.  Even a cheap setup of an LE Colt 6920 plus even a low-end 1-6x Vortex Strike-Eagle is still better than a standard red dot sight on a patrol rifle.  Anyone who tells you that an LPVO is not something a patrol officer should have on their rifle is not educated on the concepts and if this particular officer only had a red dot sight on his rifle he may have missed, he may have hit the child, he may have not immediately are permanently rectified this situation to a positive conclusion.