If, for some inexplicable and / or bizarre reason, you ever find yourself surrounded by police requesting that you surrender, your safest bet is to do so, promptly. You can throw in monumental dollops of humility and humblest apologies etc and so forth too, if you'd like, but that's not essential. As soon as you surrender your chances of living another day are increased enormously.
If you hedge your bets, figuring that the nice officers will shoot to fell you with a little wound to the right calf, which will leave you with a scar and a story to tell, you're pretty much on the way out already.
It's really, really, really, really hard to shoot a small target, and an arm or a leg is a small target. If by dumb luck such a wound is inflicted, it won't incapacitate the target.
Police or the military would endanger themselves and others if they went about their business with the intent of inflicting harmless wounds in life threatening circumstances. That's why they are trained - and why they must and why you and I, the public, want them - to aim for the largest mass, the torso. Multiple shots fired ensure that the target goes down and stays down. A wounded person can keep attacking, or threatening, or, if they have a gun, shooting.
So, a little round up:
Real life isn't like the movies.
Police will aim to shoot you in the area of the body where all your life-giving organs are arranged within your person.
Police will shoot until you drop and are no longer a threat to anyone.
Police are legally permitted to do this, it's core to the job description.
Your odds of surviving such a scenario are bleak.
Teen shot dead by police
The lad's MySpace page is now dissected and analyzed. He was part of an anti-immigration group, or a racist group, as we would have called it in the dark days before we cleansed public discourse.
Naturally, clever commentators are pontificating from high, or at least from the heights of their couches:
"Justice activist Father Peter Norden said yesterday that a more sophisticated response was needed in such situations.Sure, sure. It's obvious now. Father Norden speaks with stunningly sophistocated insight. As the lad kept advancing with a couple of large kitchen knives, the police should have made a few phone calls and waited patiently for a psychiatrist to arrive.
‘‘I do not blame police because they do not have the skills and they do not have the resources,’’ he said. ‘‘The answer is not more weapons. The answer is more sophistication.’’
He said police should be able to call on people who are trained in dealing with irrational people in such emergencies. A three-hour stand-off was a better outcome than a dead body."
(Yes folks, there's a simple, obvious and wrong answer to everything in life.)
Two knives, three alarmed police offices, and a 'scared little boy' lies dead in seconds
Meanwhile, across Europe, youths continue to protest, for what purpose who knows, over the police shooting of another 15 year old in Greece. Here ...