For reasons that may never be fully explained, James Van Allen exited his vehicle when pulled over for speeding by an Oregon State Trooper. He then engaged the trooper in a short gun battle.

Can you spot the moment when he was fatally shot by the trooper?


Neither can I.

Van Allen not only took a bullet (or bullets) that ultimately killed him, but continued on completely nonplussed, advanced upon the trooper’s vehicle, and appears to have retreated to his vehicle and escaped the scene of the shooting only after he determined the trooper (who was wounded) was no longer a threat to him.

There is not such thing as a powerful handgun bullet that throws people across rooms like you see in Hollywood movies. In reality, even fatal strikes may not be noticeable to the shooter (or the assailant) at the time of confrontation unless there is a central nervous system or skeletal system strike.

This is why your instructors (if they are even marginally competent) tell you to “shoot to stop the threat,” instead of advising something along the lines of “x rounds to the chest and y rounds to the head.”

It doesn’t matter if your shots are good hits if the bad guy is still coming. You continue shooting until the threat ceases to be a threat.

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