another local hero

Just a few days ago, Pauley paid tribute on his blog to one of our area’s newest – and shortest-lived – heroes. Sean Dusinberre, a father of two from Ontario County, died saving his sons’ lives when their car slid into a 12-foot-deep pond last week.

Last week, our area produced another local hero, on the opposite side of the city, from the opposite side of a 911 call. Evidently the local news outlets haven’t had time to post the story on their web sites yet, but last night a police officer in the nearby town of Greece, NY became a hero to at least two people. One of them was a woman who found herself on the business end of a carving knife – and the other was the man holding it.

He’d just stabbed the wall of his home over 200 times, and now he was ready to turn the knife on his wife. Our new hero – Greece police officer Shaun Moore – was watching the man through a rifle scope, and when the knife was raised, the officer discharged a round. It entered through the window of the home, and struck the man inside. In the arm. The arm that was holding the knife.

Moore’s fellow officers entered the house and secured the scene, and both the intoxicated, disgruntled man and his would-be victim were brought out safely. The man is expected to make a full recovery – so both he and his wife have a new hero to thank. Because of this Officer Moore’s restraint, performance under pressure, and phenomenal marksmanship, they’re both alive today. Amazingly enough, when the media rushed in to get got a statement from the town’s police chief, he praised Moore for firing the shot and ending the standoff – and rightly so. When an officer does the right thing, ends a dangerous situation – and has to use a service weapon to do it – he doesn’t deserve desk duty and an investigation. He deserves congratulations and gratitude.

Kudos to the Greece police department, and to Officer Moore, for doing all the right things. Two people have you to thank for being alive today.

Edit: Added officer’s name. Hat tip: Bob Lonsberry via 1180 WHAM
Edit: Actually, this happened last Friday. The press conference praising Officer Moore was Saturday the 22nd.

  4 comments for “another local hero

  1. November 25, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    One could argue he used his weapon incorrectly.

    As he didn’t aim for the center of mass and keep shooting till the target was down.


    Most impressive, though.

  2. dave
    November 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Hmm… To be technical, you do exactly what’s necessary to stop the threat. For the average shooter in the average quick-reaction self-defense situation, that’s a matter of placing as many center-of-mass shots on-target as possible and getting to a secure or covered position. Not to say that’s not what our knife-weilding soon-to-be-felon rightfully deserved!

    The game changes for someone trained in tactical riflecraft, as Officer Moore may well be. Operating from a position of relative safety, with plenty of time to sight and regulate breathing and trigger press, his restraint was a bit more justified.

    Of course, that’s all assuming your comment wasn’t tongue-in-cheek, and we should all know better than that!! 🙂

  3. November 26, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Of course it was. What do you take me for, someone with a serious comment on an issue?


    In the words of Filter: Hey man, nice shot.

  4. dave
    November 26, 2008 at 7:04 am

    We heart .223 🙂

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