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Independence, Missouri – The man who should be celebrated as a hero for saving his wife, daughter, and at least 30 strangers from an armed gunman during an attempted robbery, is now recovering from a gunshot wound after police arrived at the scene and shot him.

Mike Becker, 31, told the Kansas City Star that he grabbed his handgun and rushed to the local Dollar General after he received a call from his wife saying that she, their 4-year-old daughter, and several other customers in the store were being threatened by a man with a gun.

While the customers huddled together in the back of the store, Becker’s wife hid their daughter behind bags of dog food. When Becker arrived, he said he found the gunman outside, pounding on the glass door.

“The only thing in my mind was my baby and wife,” Becker said, describing how he intervened and put his body between the gunman and the glass. “There was no way the gunman was getting in that store.”

When police officers finally arrived at the scene, Becker told the Star that he dropped his gun and raised his hands in the air, in an attempt to show police that he was not a threat.

But then the unthinkable happened—even though Becker had his hands in the air, the officers shot him with a rifle, wounding his hip. Bystanders who witnessed the scene said that they were shocked to watch officers shoot the man who was brave enough to confront the gunman.

“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,” Raymond Watts told the Star.

Police eventually arrested the gunman, but despite the fact that witnesses claimed they were yelling at officers and telling them that they shot an innocent man, the officers still proceeded to put Becker in handcuffs, and they refused to let his wife near him.

In a statement, the Independence Police Department claimed it is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred outside the Dollar General,” after officers received “a call of an armed subject.”

The statement did say that while no officers were injured, “two subjects were shot” and they were both “transported to area hospitals with injuries.” However, the statement also claimed that both of the men who were shot by police were armed. It failed to admit that one of those men dropped his firearm on the ground and raised his armed in surrender before he was shot by police.

Another witness to the shooting, Whitney Thomas, also told the Kansas City Star that Becker’s gun was clearly on the ground at the time police opened fire. “His gun was on the ground. He didn’t have it in his hands any longer,” she said.

Thomas was inside the store at the time the gunman arrived, and she said that she heard a Dollar General employee on the phone, telling a police dispatcher that the suspect was slender, wearing a green jacket, and looked to be in his 50s.

However, Becker is 20 years younger, heavyset and he was wearing a black jacket. Thomas said this led her to question why police would shoot a man who was not only not posing a threat to anyone, but who also did not match the description of their suspect.

“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?” Thomas said.

Becker, who is still suffering from the injuries he sustained during the shooting, told the Star that police have been “extremely tight-lipped” about the incident, causing rumors to spread in the town that HE was the one who initiated the robbery.

While it remains to be seen whether the officers responsible for the shooting will be held accountable for their reckless actions, it should be noted that this is not the first time such an incident has occurred. As The Free Thought Project has reported, in one case, a woman in Eufaula, Oklahoma, was shot nine times by police, while she was being held hostage during a bank robbery.

*This story was updated to correct the location of the shooting.

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  1. What do you expect? Cops these days are chicken shit scared of everything fearing for their life, (Lame excuse) since they are the ones armed to the hilt. They investigate themselves find no wrong doing, got immunity and the state backs them up. Let alone they do their damnedest to cover it up during investigation.

  2. And watch as nobody in the Independence police department is disciplined for this. The jackass will get two weeks paid vacation and go right back to doing his job like the slack-jawed incompetent he is. And local government officials will defend the cops and blame the public. Same shit, different day; nothing ever changes.

  3. The payout is going to be HUGE! You cannot shoot someone for enforcing the law and that was what the good guy with the gun was doing. He did everything right and the police did everything wrong.

  4. We are already seeing the results of the police failing to police their own. Law and Order only exists when people trust that the law, and the people that enforce it, are held accountable and is applied equally. People no longer trust police or the law as it has been corrupted by people with political goals. The police, by failing to hold their officers accountable, have fostered distrust that ends up with officers and the public treating each other as enemies. The outcome is a police state or revolution…there is no in-between. I believe almost all police officers are good, well-intended people. Everyone makes mistakes. Covering up those mistakes or forming the ‘blue wall’ to prevent the truth from getting out is criminal. As ‘government’ authorized agents, they should be held to a higher standard. Mistakes are mistakes when admitted to. Coverups are flat out treason and the guilty should be taken off the streets forever.

    • “The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops.” ~Robert Higgs

  5. Even if he was the bad guy why would a coward cop become the judge, jury and executioner.You would have to be a very low IQ and poorly trained as well as trigger happy ignorant cop to shoot anyone with gun on the ground and hands in the air. WTF is wrong with these bastards?.

    • Did you see the report where a guy was refused entry to Police force beause he was to smart? SERiOUSLY. The departments response was they do this because peope of high intelligence get bored easily and they would be wating dollars training them!! So it’s official the Cops are DUMB ASSES.

      • Criminal just-us majors in college are as stupid as the education majors and journalist majors. Seems the idiots are in charge. If smart people were in our just-us system Hillary and company would be in prison.

  6. The criminals with badges can’t afford to have real heroes walking the streets and protecting the citizens… Can’t have We The Cattle getting any bright ideas about standing up for themselves…

  7. First mistake: He “rushed to the scene.” He should have told his wife to call police. He should have called police to say he was “rushing to the scene” and he should have given them his description. Cops likely would have told him to stand down.

    But, hero that he is, he didn’t do “the right thing” and put himself in the middle of what should have been a police action. Cops see him with a gun–on the ground–they shoot him to ensure he’s disabled and unable to flee. Why? They’re responding to “an armed robbery.”

    Citizens do not dictate how an intervention goes down. Citizens who beat the cops to a scene stand the chance of being shot. Why? Cops arriving “hot” don’t know who’s the bad gal/guy and who’s the good gal/guy. A citizen in the middle of police work typically causes just what we see in this situation–confusion.

    She didn’t call cops. She called her husband. He didn’t call cops. He played “hero” and both of them were wrong.

    • You are truly deranged. That American Citizen Hero did nothing wrong unless defending your family against a gunman is now a crime by the State. The Hero put down his gun, raised his hands in the air so that the cops would know he is not a threat… and the cops shot an unarmed innocent man anyway. And you find nothing wrong with that? You blame the victim? Lmao. What a shill you are.

    • Oh, I’m quite sure his description would have been quite helpful, especially seeing as how they already had a detailed description of the actual suspect that was quite the opposite of his own and still they gunned him down in spite of the obvious lack of matching characteristics. If anything, adding his description to the mix would have just given cops an easy opportunity to weasel their way out by claiming they just got confused between his description and the suspect’s.

      Somebody slip some Valium in your “coffee” or something?

    • Just curious about something Smelly; What is your position on the Trayvon Martin shooting? You know, that’s where one person, concerned about a stranger in the neighborhood, called 911 for help – and the other wannabe prize-fighter punk called his biatch to brag about how he was about to teach a cracker a lesson.

  8. If going by the past nothing will happen to the government goons. We have two different sets of laws for Americans. Its called Just-us.

  9. Because police are interested only in power and exerting their authority on people they see as weaker than themselves. No longer “Protect and Serve”. “Fear and Obey” is now their motto. Which is whymany people teach their children to be respectful but very wary of police, as they can not be trusted.

  10. Again,one side of a story, it may or may not be correct, no way to tell from this article. I could research it on my own, but there are so many stories that bend the truth or leave out relevant data, especially from this source, that It becomes too much.

  11. I’d like to support the cops, but any time I have to deal with them it’s so…disappointing. They seem more concerned that I’ve received unconditional discharges in the past, and that seems to affect the level of service they’re willing to provide me….they seemed almost happy I got punched out for wearing a MAGA hat…


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