Rudy Fleming, 19, a parolee accused of killing New York City actress Nicole duFresne, is alive only because four cops took the chance he wouldn’t use his gun in a 2001 confrontation, says New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin. Cops showed “remarkable restraint” in that episode, Goodwin writes.
In November 2001, Fleming was picked up for playing hooky. He drew his .380 semiautomatic pistol and got into a shooting crouch. Four police officers drew their own guns and confronted Fleming. Goodwin says it is not well appreciated how good cops became at doing their jobs without firing their guns. Let’s go to the stats: In 1991 police shot 109 people, 27 fatally. By 2001, after consideerble training, restraint was thoroughly ingrained. In that year, cops shot just 29 people, 11 fatally.