Deandre Brunston, a 24 year old male, (nicknamed "Trey"), residing in Compton, Los Angeles County, California, in the United States of America, was shot and killed August 24, 2003, during a standoff with Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies while resisting arrest for an alleged domestic abuse incident. After attempting to evade the police, Brunston ended up cornered on someone's doorsteps where he began taunting and negotiating with the police. He repeatedly told the officers he was wanted for murder (Deandre was not wanted for murder), would rather die right then and there than go back to prison, and that he had a gun in his hand and would use it to shoot the police dog (and the deputies) if the dog was released. However, he was in fact unarmed, only carrying a flip-flop shoe in his right hand, hidden under his T-shirt. Brunston repeatedly stated that he would throw his "gun" down and surrender if he were allowed to speak to his girlfriend Fonda Brown by phone.
After nearly a half hour of unsuccessful negotiations between Brunston and police, one of the deputies called the K9 Department Head, Lieutenant Patrick Maxwell, who, from his cell phone at a party, issued a firm order to release the K9 police dog upon the suspect. A few minutes later, the K9 dog sprinted toward Brunston, at which time Brunston tossed the flip-flop at the dog. The police opened fired at the suspect with 81 rounds, striking the K-9 a split second before it attacked the suspect.
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Both Brunston and the K9 were seriously wounded in the shooting, and both later died of their injuries. Part of the controversy surrounding this incident involves the fact that the wounded K9 received an emergency helicopter airlift to a veterinary center while Brunston, who was still alive and moving after being shot 22 times, was left to bleed to death on the concrete steps, leading to allegations of Brunston receiving sub-par treatment as compared to the dog.
Give us your thoughts on this incident. Was the force excessive? Was the Sheriff's Department acting in a manner that would be considered "required" to take control of the situation?
Do Gangs and Gang Members such as "Trey" pose such a great risk to society, that lethal force may be necessary?
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