When I saw him pull the gun, at that point I developed tunnel vision, in the video it shows how fast it was, but in my mind time slowed down and it took forever, said Lt. John O’Brien. Profiles In Courage – When A Domestic Disturbance Call Turns Into A Life Or Death Battle – Lt. John O’Brien in this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast.

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(Photo from John O’Brien. Profiles In Courage – When A Domestic Disturbance Call Turns Into A Life Or Death Battle – Lt. John O’Brien.)

Lt. John O’Brien shares the harrowing details of the life and death incident, in this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast. Plus, the surprising response from the family of the man that he shot and killed.

From The Billings Gazette, “O’Brien, a veteran police officer, testified that he was dispatched on a domestic disturbance involving a man with two guns, a woman and kids. He said domestic disturbances involving firearms are some of the most dangerous calls to which officers respond.”

(Photo from John O’Brien. Profiles In Courage – When A Domestic Disturbance Call Turns Into A Life Or Death Battle – Lt. John O’Brien.)

“A seven-person coroner’s jury unanimously cleared a Butte police officer of any criminal action relating to last June’s shooting death of armed Iraq war veteran Peter Grandpre during a gun battle in his Clark Street home.”

“He’s got a knife, he has two guns,” she told the told 911 dispatcher, “he has a house full of them.”

(Photo from John O’Brien. Profiles In Courage – When A Domestic Disturbance Call Turns Into A Life Or Death Battle – Lt. John O’Brien.)

“O’Brien arrived alone to the house, with four other officers on the way. He said he saw both the husband and wife through the window, and that Grandpre was turning the house lights off, which police training suggests means a suspect is barricading.”

“The video, filmed from Lt. O’Brien’s body cam, showed the suspect opening the door while looking away into the interior of the house, which he then moved into, unaware of Lt. O’Brien. O’Brien raised his sidearm at Grandpre, who was wearing a military-style tactical vest and was in the living room, and told him several times to get on the ground. Grandpre pulled a pistol from a holster and raised it at the officer.”

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(Photos from John O’Brien, compiled by LET staff. Profiles In Courage – When A Domestic Disturbance Call Turns Into A Life Or Death Battle – Lt. John O’Brien.)

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