In reference to the letter "Editorial was divisive, presumptuous" by Linda Gregory (Dec. 22), I'd like to ask Ms. Gregory a couple of questions.
If her children were playing in the yard and Justin Elmore, while fleeing from the officers, veered off the road and ran them over, would she still think the officers should have just "jumped or ran out of his way" and let him go?
What if, in the ensuing chase, he crashed into a family and killed them? Would she still believe it is a good idea to let this career criminal, with a history of fleeing from the police, just go? Or would she prefer the police just let all criminals run away and never be caught or punished for their crimes?
The officer who fired on Elmore was on foot. He was walking toward Elmore's car. He did not have the protection of his squad car around him. After seeing Elmore ramming another officer's car and steering toward him, he had no doubt Elmore would have no problem running him over. He was faced with a 3,500-pound weapon aimed directly at him, and he did what he had to do to stop the threat.
It is always tragic when someone loses their life, but police officers put their lives on the line for us every single time they go to work. Sometimes they have to make split-second, life-and-death decisions -- decisions none of us would ever want to make.
Elmore was not some innocent bystander gunned down; he was a career criminal trying to flee from police. He was wrong for not stopping. He was wrong for aiming his car at a police officer, and sadly he paid the ultimate price. Let this be a lesson to all of us: When the police say stop, stop !