1. Thanks be to Mas, Pro Arms Podcast folk and of course Dr. Carmona for sharing this account of an intense and harrowing day!

  2. I finally had a chance to listen to this podcast. My reactions were as follows:

    1) Overall, I think that Officer Carmona is a brave man and a fine representative of both the law enforcement and medical professions.

    2) I also think that he was a lucky man. He did wait too long to engage the suspect and it almost cost his life. If the first shot had been two inches closer to the centerline of his head, the killer’s bullet would have perforated his brain rather than just grazed his temple. Office Carmona would be dead and I expect the killer would have started shooting every other witness in sight. It was not just Officer Carmona’s life that was on the line and he should not have hesitated.

    3) Despite his considerable experience, it is clear that Officer Carmona is not truly a “gun guy”. For example, he guessed that his service load was a 147 gr. JHP. That is a 9mm load not a .45 acp round. No gun guy would make that elementary of a mistake.

    4) It is somewhat disappointing that he kept his spare ammo “in the trunk” and did not have have a single spare magazine with his gun. He had to open his trunk to do a speed reload. His training kicked in and allowed him to do the reload automatically but it would of been better to have at least a couple of spare mags with the gun itself. Especially since a 1911 is not a high capacity weapon.

    Despite the above nitpicks, the fact is that Officer Carmona walked away from the incident on his own feet whereas the bad guy went out “flat on his back”. That is always the desired outcome.

  3. Is this the same Carmona who ran against Jeff Flake for Senator in 2012 as a super strong proponent for Obama Care, against Flake’s TOP 5 rating from the Taxpayers Union, and against Flake’s A rating from the NRA and B rating from GOA?

    Be careful of the bedfellows you seek!