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Right in Your Own Neighborhood


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John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world.  He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms.  In addition, he has authored four books on the subject — The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, The Street Smart Gun Book, and Guns & Warriors – DTI Quips Volume 1.

John is a regular contributor to TACDA’s publication, the “Journal of Civil Defense”.  Here are his thoughts about an incident which occurred close by in Draper, where the TACDA offices are located:


“Early Sunday morning, a veteran police sergeant was shot to death

during a  traffic stop in an upscale neighborhood (suburb of SLC).


He stopped his beat-car near a vehicle that was parked on the side of

the road in an awkward manor.  A man and a woman were standing near the car.

Without warning, the male produced a pistol and opened fire on the

officer, still strapped in his seat.


The officer accelerated to get out of the line of fire, and tried to

radio for help.  He lost consciousness and crashed into a tree three

blocks away.  He was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died.

Details on range, ammunition, number of shots fired, and impact

point(s) were not disclosed.


Church services were canceled, and residents were told to stay in

their homes, as hundreds of officers, from multiple jurisdictions,

swarmed the area in  an effort to contain what some calculated could

have been a shooting spree


What was ultimately discovered was the couple, both shot, still near

their car.  The male suspect apparently shot the officer first, then

the woman, and finally himself.  Both the woman and the male suspect

were seriously, but not fatally, injured. They are both currently hospitalized.


Of course, local politicians immediately held a news conference, with

all the usual, hollow promises about those guilty of this crime being

‘brought to  justice,’ ad nauseam.


Both suspects were described as ‘transients,’ with the usual, ‘routine’

extensive criminal histories.”


Comment: These are the kind of unstable, ever-dangerous “habitual

criminals ” who used to be confined to mental hospitals and prisons.

Many  are still in prisons (thank Heaven!), but many others, like

these two, are  currently at-large, and there is no fence between them and you!


The point is that we, police and non-police, need to continue to be

extremely cautious about such “transients,”  “homeless,” and

“emotionally-disturbed.”  They are all unstable and can be exceedingly

dangerous, even homicidal, under the right circumstances, as we see.


Most look “harmless,” and most usually are, but you only need to be

naively  wrong once!


They need to be deliberately avoided.  Approach, when necessary, must

always take place with appropriate caution.  There is much you’re not  seeing!


When you don’t know everything, you really don’t know anything!



John S. Farnam


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