Video and Observations on St Cloud Terrorist Shooting by Jason Falconer

| October 7, 2016 | 4 Comments

On September 17, 2016, an Islamic terrorist attacked the Crosswoods Center Mall with two knives. An armed citizen responded — off-duty law enforcement officer, 3-gun competitor, and firearms trainer Jason Falconer. He stopped the threat and escaped without injury.

Earlier this week, the mall security footage from the attack was released. The original video had some serious post-production problems (it looped each segment three times, some segments were composited together which made viewing difficult, etc).

I removed the repetitious parts, cropped and/or zoomed some sections, and separated out some of the different camera footage.

I also made some notes / observations about what I saw. Some of the things were noteworthy thanks to the training I’ve received. What may go unnoticed by some was obvious to me (e.g., holding someone with a knife at gun point, moving backwards, threat/startle response), just because I’ve been exposed to these things or done them myself.

The intent of this video is not to armchair quarterback Mr. Falconer, or to say I would done anything differently. But because this incident occurred recently and is about 70 miles from where I live, I wanted to give it a longer look.

What did you see? Did I leave anything out?

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

4 Comments on "Video and Observations on St Cloud Terrorist Shooting by Jason Falconer"

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  1. Ebby123 says:

    More videos like this please!
    You don’t have to be a black ops special operator to make some simple observations that a lot of people would miss. Its a value-add to most viewers.

  2. Duane says:

    In regards to your question of why he deployed his badge. The officer holds the badge up over his head in what is known in some circles at the halo hold. Studies have shown you are less likely to be shot using this method of identification to responding on duty officers. Officers who have trained for off duty encounters should also train to deploy their badge for those reasons.
    My guess on the “moon walk”is that possibly the suspect believed that the officer could not or would not shoot him in the back. And used it in attempt to close and continue his knife attack.
    The suspect crawled out of camera view, over to a display case and attempted to use it to regain his footing. The display and he fell over and he stopped any further attacks.

  3. Dennis says:

    showing the back, if wasn’t recorded, will cause public outrage of police shooting the person in the back… mostly presumably running away… in this case, it wasn’t.

  4. CR Williams says:

    Per Gabe Suarez: HAMAS is training jihadists to walk backwards at targets because of the taboos in some areas about back-shooting. This was a calculated attempt to get into knife range of the officer that the attacker likely picked up from them.

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