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Seven Shots

Jennifer C. Hunt

in Seven Shots

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226360904
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226360911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226360911.003.0004
Seven Shots

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The early morning of July 31, 1997, was not a normal morning as the Emergency Service cops did not engage in light banter, jokes, and chat. The six cops on the Emergency Service entry team and the two detectives in the Bomb Squad remained preoccupied with the subject of the raid. Most lethal confrontations occur at point-blank range or “short point,” when the officer is barely inside an entryway, exposed and vulnerable until he repositions himself in a defensive stance. The cops in this incident managed to diffuse the bombs, but the chapter points out that although devices only contained low-grade explosives, the nails alone would have heated up and the bones and body parts of people standing nearby would have turned into fragments themselves, causing additional damage.

Keywords: Emergency Service cops; detectives; Bomb Squad; short point; low-grade explosives

Chapter.  10515 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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