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Published: Friday, April 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

Law enforcement officers cannot (should not) shoot to wound. It's a good way to get themselves or others killed.

Steve C. Warren

@Crisco B: "And why does Mr. Warren insist that the defendant was unarmed? I have repeatedly read that he was wielding a pen"

A pen is an "arm" ? In that case, we'll have to fire all the security people for allowing so many people "bearing arms" into the courtroom. Shoes, boots and belts may also become problematic.

And I wasn't advocating standing idly by and letting the two "duke it out." There were multiple security personnel in the courtroom, some of them presumably fairly strong people and with Tasers, so there may have been better options.

None of us can say we "know" what was the right approach, but as I've stated, this needs to be reviewed by a civilian board (not court personnel or law enforcement).

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