75-foot pistol shot

| July 14, 2017 | 52 Comments

Top Goz sends us a story from Blue Lives Matter about Iaroslav Mosiiuk who decided to point a rifle at Charlotte, North Carolina Police Officer Mike Dezenso when the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call.

The officers retreated to different positions of cover while Officer Dezenso yelled, “Gun, gun, gun.” Mosiiuk pursued the officers to the end of his driveway and lifted his rifle to shoot at Officer Dezenso. That’s when Officer Brian Walsh fired a singled well-placed shot from approximately 75 feet away to take take the man down and save his partner.

Mosiiuk was his mid-back and was transported to the hospital where he died of his gunshot wound.

Yep, Officer Welsh took a single shot with a Glock, no less, and killed the criminal. It was later determined that the rifle Mosiiuk was inoperable, someone had removed the bolt before the incident. But here’s the video of the shot that occurs at about 1:27 mark;

The DA concluded, “While the death of Iaroslav Mosiiuk is certainly a tragedy, it is not a crime. Officer Walsh was dealing with a mentally ill subject pointing a rifle at him, his partner and nearby civilians. The officer’s decision to fire his weapon is justified under the law of self-defense.”

I’m just impressed by the shot with a Glock using iron sights.

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  1. 81172 says:

    25 Yards has been a common qualifying distance for decades
    Good shoot, good shot

    • Hayabusa says:

      Exactly. 25 yards is a standard distance on every law enforcement (or military) pistol qual I’ve ever shot. Nice job by the officer under stress, but not terribly newsworthy.

      Now, if he hit a 75 yard pistol shot under stress, I’d be really impressed.

      • Graybeard says:

        I have a LEO friend who has had to fire his pistol at a target under extreme stress (escaped prisoners with hostage) and found that hitting a p/u truck tire at 25 yards was somewhat difficult. Going up against a rifle (same incident, different location) it became very difficult.

        When I had to requal with a pistol (1980’s) we didn’t have the stressors – and a 75′ shot was no big deal.

        What I’m trying to say is that with the stress of the situation, being able to get the shot that is no big deal on a requal course, it becomes a big deal.

        IMHO, YMMV.

      • IDC SARC says:

        This wasn’t the range.

    • Forest Green says:

      Let me see; sprints 25 yards thinking he may take one in the back at any moment; maneuvers behind vehicle; immediately acquires target that he had his back turned to; fires one well aimed round; downs the threat.

      OutFUCKINGstanding! This had a 39 shot free for all written all over it. This officer is a keeper.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Minute of torso at 75 feet under duress with a handgun of any type is mighty fine shooting, in my opinion. Well done Officer Welsh!

  3. Jay says:

    Damn good marksmanship Off Welsh.

  4. 1610desig says:

    Wyatt Earp incarnate

    • David says:

      No, Wild Bill Hickok- killed Davis Tutt under fire with one shot from a .36 Navy percussion revolver at 75 yards, witnessed by multiple folks. Unlike Elmer Keith’s famous 600-yard .44 Magnum deer shot, due to the number of witnesses, almost no one doubts it.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    One carefully placed shot under duress. Nice.

  6. Jonp says:

    Thats what happens whenyou practice and aim center mass.

    Well done officer

  7. ChipNASA says:

    This is a stupid question, Why does it look like he’s holding the weapon “Inner City Thug Style?”

    I think it’s probably just the angle of his body camera?

    Actually I went back and looked and he probably is holding it that way but when he fired his show it was vertical.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Having done some training with a local SWAT team for a few years, I believe that is a fairly typical single hand hold of a pistol, at least with the PD I trained with, his off hand most likely being used at that point to key his radio, or something similar.

  8. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Stress is a funny thing.

    About 10 years ago, a CA news station showed where a disgruntled guy emptied a revolver point blank at a lawyer standing on the other side of a small tree.

    Dude missed every shot.

    Lesson learned: Even shooting expert on the range doesn’t guarantee you’ll shoot nearly as well under a real world situation.

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    Dude was clearly committing suicide-by-cop, and got his wish. Nobody is going to be able to tell from 25 yards away that the weapon is inoperable.

    Gay gun or not (I kid, I kid! ), good shot.

  10. OldManchu says:

    He was obviously trained by the Round Ranger William Derek Church in pistol tactics. Pffft.

  11. Mark Lauer says:

    He fired the shot, the perp went down.
    The officer then holstered up, did a few push-ups, some jumping jacks, oiled up his body, and stuck a cigar in his mouth as he grabbed a hot babe and rode off into the sunset saying; “Long live the KING, baby.”

  12. Ex-PH2 says:

    Resistance is futile! Especially when a hot casing goes some place it shouldn’t.

  13. Fish says:

    Good shot under stress. I remember the Fairchild AFB shooter, taken out by an M9 at 75 yards from an SP who just arrived by bicycle.

  14. MustangCryppie says:

    Daaa-yum! Awesome!

  15. FatCircles0311 says:

    Glocks have plastic sights, not iron sights.


  16. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    when I started to work for Brink’s back in 1970, we used S&W .38 Mod.10 bull barrels and Colt .38 police positives. Never liked the Glock when they first came into the US, But what a shot the officer did under stress. We had a pistol club and when we shot at some LE combat matches, they had us running around the range in a circle to get the heart rate up and stress you out before firing at the targets.

  17. mr. sharkman says:

    I even heard he was left-handed. 😉

  18. jonp says:

    The only problem that I saw with this that will be reviewed I think is the officer that did the shooting grabbed his rifle out of the car and on the way to the house passed in front of the guy with the shotgun. Not a good move but he did let the guy know he was doing it before moving.
    The crazy chick screaming, the perps sister I guess, “he doesn’t have the key to the gun” makes no sense. I guess she meant bolt?

  19. USAFRetired says:

    Granted stress there is more stress in that type situation than on the square range. But neither the distance or the use of a Glock is extraordinary. Back in the early 90s I went to Gunsite Ranch for their basic pistol course (250) a good friend of mine was there taking an advanced course (499) and their course included shots to 100 yards.

    I was taking the course with a Taurus PT 101 40 S&W. Same look/feel as my duty M9 but I subscribe to the maxim that friends don’t let friends go to a gunfight with a caliber that doesn’t start with 4.

    One of the other students, I believe he was an Indiana State trooper was using a Glock also in .40 S&W. I’d never fired a Glock before and he let me give his a try. I now own a Glock in 40 and have for a couple decades.

    One of the values of a Glock, like a revolver, is its simplicity of operation. So if the person isn’t a regular pistol shooter the Glock is a good choice just don’t get the New York State trigger.

  20. Skippy says:

    I love my Glock 35 for a reason and this proves it

  21. streetsweeper says:

    Fine shooting under extreme duress. Someone, somewhere once told me it is natural for your hand to roll when clutching an item or making a fist.

  22. smoke-check says:

    Has anyone heard what model Glock this was? or at least what caliber?

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