Keeping him anonymous is a good idea. They're doing it to keep him off a jihadi hit list. But the anonymity adds a mystery. Who was that masked man? He could be in that patrol car. He could be anywhere. Watch out, you crazy jihadist losers, he's watching you.
Most police officers these days are trained for active shooter scenarios. And one important aspect of that training is conditioning the officer to advance toward the gunfire. Talk about counter intuitive.
That Garland cop who shot the two terrorists obviously had some good training. Bob Owens analyzed some of the published photos of the crime scene and tells us that the trail of evidence markers indicates that the officer advanced toward the shooters with a Glock-a-blazing. That takes some fortitude. See his analysis at Bearingarms.com. Via Weeklystandard.com.
The last active shooter training session I observed was eight years ago at the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy in Midland, Texas. Officers were sent into scenarios designed to test their ability to think and act in a situation with the potential of return fire.
In the very first session the trainees were told there was a villain in one of the rooms. As soon as they entered the structure a shot rang out from a back room. It surprised them, but they advanced toward the sound like they were supposed to. Courage was on display along with skill. Read the write-up here, and see some photos here.
Meanwhile, citizen gun owners around the country are probably imagining similar terrorist scenarios in their own communities and planning to take careful aim so that only the terrorists are harmed.
Good shooting, everyone.