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Passer-byâ€™s use of deadly force in question
By JOELLE FARRELL, Concord Monitor
Published: Tuesday, May. 15, 2007
Police officers interviewed Monday said they admired the actions of Gregory Floyd, who last Friday shot and killed a man who had shot Franconia Police Cpl. Bruce McKay and ran him over with his car.
Allenstown Police Chief Shaun Mulholland said he hopes a passer-by like Floyd would help him if he were in a similar circumstance.
â€œIn small town America, itâ€™s good to know that citizens are there to help us,â€ Mulholland said. â€œBecause we canâ€™t do this job alone.â€
But some citizens think Floyd overstepped boundaries when he used lethal force to stop Liko Kenney, 24, who shot McKay after an altercation following a traffic stop.
â€œNo one has a right to take a life, regardless of what happens,â€ said Beth Starbird, 24, of Boscawen. â€œHe shouldâ€™ve tried to stop it or called for help.â€
Kevin Miller, 18, a business major at Plymouth State College, said Floyd couldnâ€™t have known who was at fault in the situation.
â€œHow do you know the truth?â€ said Miller, who was out with friends at White Park in Concord on Monday. â€œHow does he know what really happened?â€
Floyd, 49, of Easton, was driving with his son on Route 116 in Franconia last Friday evening when he came upon McKay and Kenney, according to the state attorney generalâ€™s office. Floyd saw Kenney shoot McKay four times. When McKay collapsed, Kenney backed his car up over McKay, pinning him.
Floyd tried to use his car as a barricade between Kenney and McKay, according to police investigators. When that failed, he picked up McKayâ€™s gun from the ground and approached Kenneyâ€™s vehicle. Floyd told his son, also named Gregory Floyd, to use McKayâ€™s police radio to call for help.
Floyd aimed the gun at Kenney and told him to put his gun down. When Kenney did not drop his gun, Floyd shot him, according to police investigators.
Several police officers praised Floydâ€™s actions. If Floyd had not intervened and instead simply called for help, Kenney could have driven off and hurt more people, said Dave McCarthy, former executive major of the New Hampshire state police.
â€œThis is a completely out of control situation,â€ McCarthy said. â€œIf this guy (Floyd) doesnâ€™t take action and (Kenney) goes down the road into a school house, what are we going to think about it then?â€
McCarthy, who also served as the northern division commander for the state police during his 28 years in law enforcement, said if Floyd had called for help, it may not have come before Kenney got away. Kenney could have also shot and killed Floyd, he said.
â€œYouâ€™re talking about Franconia,â€ he said. â€œThere are areas up there where the radio doesnâ€™t work, you canâ€™t get reception.â€ He added, â€œThe next police officer on scene would have done the same. I donâ€™t see anything wrong in what this person did.â€
Mulholland said he once needed help from passers-by when a drunken man resisted arrest and started fighting with him. They ended up wrestling and rolling on the ground, he said. The man was much larger than Mulholland, then a police officer in Raymond, and Mulholland knew that even if he could call for backup, it would take some time to arrive.
Luckily for Mulholland, three passers-by came to his aid and helped subdue the man.
â€œWe donâ€™t have legions of police,â€ he said. â€œThereâ€™s no question about it. We do need help from the public.â€
Some citizens interviewed Monday wondered why Floyd didnâ€™t shoot Kenney in the leg or the arm, injuring him instead of killing him. But officers say if Kenney was sitting in his car, Floydâ€™s only clear shot may have been from the shoulder up. Floyd also reportedly served in the Marine Corps. Members of the military and law enforcement are trained to shoot at the center of the body, and even then, they sometimes miss, McCarthy said. Aiming for a limb increases the risk of missing all together.
â€œThereâ€™s no such thing as shooting to wound,â€ McCarthy said.
Hillsboro Police Capt. David Roarick said, â€œWe shoot to stop the threat. Weâ€™re not trained to shoot to injure people. Had it been another police officer, they would have shot to prevent the threat.â€
But many local residents interviewed agreed that Floyd acted justly.
â€œI probably would have done the same â€" I hope I would, anyway,â€ said Dennis Roy, 38, of Keene.
George Oickle, 38, a network administrator for the Coca-Cola Company who lives in Gilmanton, said if he came upon the same scene, he would assume Kenney would have no trouble killing again.
â€œIf the guy reloads the gun, heâ€™s going to use it,â€ Oickle said. â€œHe just shot a cop. Whatâ€™s going to stop him from shooting me?â€
Still, Oickle said the story of what happened Friday still doesnâ€™t make sense to him. â€œIf (Kenney) ran the cop over, he was on his way out,â€ he said. â€œSo how does (Floyd) have time to stop him and shoot him?â€
Greg Fischer, 34, a mortgage broker from Penacook, said he admires Floydâ€™s bravery but doesnâ€™t know if he could do the same in the circumstances, because he has t young daughters, ages 3 and 6, at home.
â€œIf I was a passer-by, there would be a cell phone call and concern for the officer that was down, certainly,â€ he said. â€œBut I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d have it in me.â€