Missouri Police Shoot Hero Dad Who Saved 30 People From Gunman: Report
Police officers in Independence, Missouri, reportedly shot Mike Becker who was trying to shield his family from a gunman at a Dollar General on Jan. 30.
Becker told The Kansas City Star that he received a call that a gunman was threatening his family and others. He quickly went to the store brandishing a handgun.
Becker said he saw the gunman outside pounding on the glass door of the store while about 30 people, including backer’s wife and 4-year-old adopted daughter, were inside (video below).
Becker recalled that he put his body between the store and the gunman:
The only thing in my mind was my baby and wife. There was no way the gunman was getting in that store.
According to witnesses, the police soon arrived, Becker dropped his gun and held up his hands, but the cops shot him in the hip.
Witness Raymond Watts was parked nearby:
I was figuring, “How the hell do they shoot him?” He never pointed a gun at the cops. He complied with everything they said … and then you heard a pop.
Watts’ girlfriend, Whitney Thomas said she was inside the Dollar General store:
His gun was on the ground. He didn’t have it in his hands any longer.
Becker’s wife, Amber Becker, said two women were yelling that police had shot an innocent man.
They were telling my daughter that her dad was dead.
Watts and Thomas said that gunfire then broke out between police and the gunman, who was also wounded.
Thomas claimed that Becker didn’t resemble the description that she heard another patron give a police dispatcher.
According to Thomas, police handcuffed Becker after shooting him and did not immediately allow his wife to go to him.
John Syme, a spokesman with the Independence Police Department, did not answer questions, but said that officers responded to the scene after a call about “someone armed with a weapon.”
Syme contradicted witnesses who said Becker dropped his gun:
What we know right now is the two subjects who were shot were both armed.
Becker was not charged, but says rumors spread through the community that he had tried to rob the Dollar General:
[Police] have been extremely tight lipped about it… That’s what upsets me about how the Independence Police Department handled this situation. They could have cleared me pretty quickly — that I’m not a suspect at least.
I understand as police you have to put your life on the line … but to take it into your own judgment to shoot an innocent man when he didn’t fit the description? It makes me angry.
(Source: The Kansas City Star)