*The actions of one police officer from Pasadena, California serves as a great reminder that there are still officers out there who take their position seriously.
Or I should say, his reaction.
Officer Louis Luevano is being praised by his colleagues for not reaching for his gun and shooting even after a man stood pointing a shotgun at him on Tuesday night.
Instead, according to Pasadena Police Lt. Mark Goodman, the officer retreated, took cover and called for backup.
Now the danger the officer faced does not escape this writer, but his reaction to it proves it is not always necessary to shoot first and ask questions later.
Luevano had answered the call of a possible domestic violence incident in the 700 block of Santa Barbara Street at 6:52 p.m. when it was reported that a man and a woman were arguing.
When Luevano reached the door, he was confronted by a man with a shotgun.
“He put a round in the chamber and pointed (the shotgun) in the direction of the officer,” Goodman said.
But instead of reaching for his weapon, Goodman said the officer went to one side of the duplex, found cover and called for emergency assistance.
No fatalities. And the suspect, 32-year-old Justin Lasher of Pasadena, admitted to being under the influence of alcohol.
Lasher was convinced by another officer to surrender after the area had been sealed off to the public, and he walked out unarmed. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Lasher is in custody at the Inmate Reception Center on $30,000 bail.
We know it is not ALWAYS possible for things to work out like this, but it sure is appreciated when the attempt is made. KUDOS Officer Luevano!