*There is no doubt Stephen Mader read the situation right. The now former Weirton police officer had been called out on a domestic violence dispute by the girlfriend of Ronald Williams who told him that the man was threatening to kill himself. Once Mader arrived he saw that Williams had a gun. But the officer was not quick to assume he was in danger.
“I saw then he had a gun, but it was not pointed at me,” Mader recalled, as he noticed the silver handgun was in the man’s right hand, hanging at his side and pointed at the ground.
Unlike many police officers, Mader instantly remembered his training in the Marines along with his situational police academy training; and instead of the traditional shoot now ask questions later he did something very brave: he made a decision to ‘look at the whole person’ in an attempt to decipher if it was truly a terrorist situation.
With this in mind, he did not shoot.
That decision has now cost him his job.
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