I have worked in the business of death for many years (until recently, that is) and I have seen numerous shootings. After reading the article on the James' shooting in Wednesday's Oregonian and reading the statement about the angle of the officer issued 9mm bullet that killed Kendra James, I am a little confused. I will break it down for you: The Oregonian stated in the article that Officer McCollister stated that, "as I was falling out of the car, I pointed the gun about level with James' head and shot her."
The article goes on to state that "The bullet struck James in the left hip and lodged beneath her right hip."
Here is where I am confused. If officer McCollister aimed the gun at her head and shot her then how did the bullet end up lodged beneath her right breast? First off, if the gun was aimed at her head then how could the bullet enter into her left hip? Even if McCollister aimed the 9mm at her head and then somehow was off balance and pulled the trigger when this occured and shot her in the hip, then the bullet would have traveled continually downward and perhaps exited her left inner thigh or lodged in her left thigh or lower extremity.
Secondly, if the bullet lodged just below her right breast, then McCollister would have to have shot upwards from a lower angle, at the level of the lower door molding or perhaps her left thing or hip, which would be completely inconsistent with the angle of "level with her head". Level with a human;s head is not inferior to their hip or inguinal region. Perhaps the Oregonian mis-stated or the testimony ran afoul, but the last time a bullet that I can remember made such a mysterious path based on its origin, we lost a President.
Additionally, I must condemn McCollister's statement that he would not give mouth-to-mouth to "anyone I didn't know". For a man that swore to protect the public and to not want to save someone's life just because he doesn't know them is a wretched statement to say, especially just after the man that swore to proect the public just killed a member of said public.
All this writer can say is that I hope I never collapse and stop breathing in front of Officer McCollister. Or maybe I should get to know him before I do.