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Police accidentally kill bystander, charge suspect with her death

The following story is bizarre, upsetting, and also a little bit interesting -- but mostly it's just sad. A few weeks ago, a 23-year-old man was in a bar and had a gun with him. The police were called and told that a "gun wielding maniac" was in the establishment. The police obviously responded and when they arrived at the scene, they informed the 23-year-old man to get on the ground.

When he refused, the police used a Tazer on him, which was unsuccessful because of the clothing the man was wearing. When the man then reached for his waistband, the police opened fire, hitting the man. He survived the ordeal and is recovering in a hospital.

However, here is where the story turns from a straightforward crime story to a sad story: a 22-year-old woman who was at the bar was hit by a stray bullet during the fracas and died as a result. A fellow police officer was also hit by the bullets fired by police during the incident, but he survived the shooting.

As if this isn't bad enough, it was later discovered that the 23-year-old suspect was carrying an unloaded gun -- and now the police are charging the young man with the murder of the 22-year-old woman.

It's a shocking turn that has grabbed numerous headlines in recent weeks. Even though this is just an unfortunate and sad story no matter how you slice it, and even though the 23-year-old made some regrettable decisions here, the fact that he is being charged with murder here just feels completely wrong.

Source: Huffington Post, "Police Kill Woman, Charge Man They Were Trying To Shoot With Murder," Simon McCormack, Aug. 28, 2014

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