What we can learn from officer hand and arm injuries in gunfights

We’ve seen too many examples of officers being injured in the hands or arms during gunfights to ignore this common pattern of injury


The terrible attack on the Tree of Hope synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh in October 2018 provided some useful information about the law enforcement response to the active shooter [1] who claimed the lives of 11 victims. In particular, the wounds sustained by the responding officers illustrate a reality of gunfights that has significant implications on law enforcement training and preparations.

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