The rationale that officers only pull their guns when in fear for their lives is an overused defense in most fatal shootings involving police. An incident in Atlanta, however, seems to indicate that some officers are mentally unstable and shouldn’t be allowed within 1,000 yards of a lethal weapon.
Two Atlanta cops are off-duty after a gunfight almost erupted during a disagreement over who could run faster, NBC News reports.
Officers Stephen Green and Joseph Tyer were dining at a restaurant with other members of the Atlanta Police Department on March 18 when a disagreement led to a brawl.
As the argument escalated, Tyer threatened Green: “I’m going to punch you in the face.”
“What?” Green replied.
“I’ll punch you in the face,” Tyer raged, then demanded that Green step outside.
Once outside, the two officers began fighting until other officers broke it up.
During the fight “Tyer pulled his duty weapon.”
Tyer resigned and Green has been suspended with pay.