Using dummy rounds to practice Type-III malfunctions


Marcus Young’s deadly confrontation on the night of March 7, 2003 exemplifies what it means to be ‘down, but not out’ in a gunfight. Young had been shot five times by 35-year-old Neal Beckman, a violent felon whose shots struck Young in the cheek, back, and upper right arm. Body armor likely saved Young’s life, but his strong-side arm was out of the fight altogether. Young then got into a knock-down, all-out, hand-to-hand fight with Beckman in which Young split his left hand nearly in half on the concrete.

“My right arm was paralyzed,” Young said in a 2004 interview. “My left hand had a two-inch tear between the index and middle fingers, and I could not draw my gun. I was bleeding profusely.”

The suspect then made for Young’s squad car and began fiddling with buttons in an attempt to release the shotgun and patrol rifle from their locked mounts.

Down, but not out, Young commanded a young cadet — who had been doing a ride-along with Young that night — to draw Marcus’ sidearm and “put it in my left hand.” Young put shots on the suspect, ultimately killing him with a bullet that quite literally tore Beckman a new a__hole. Young now teaches for FBI LEOKA, instructing cops nationwide about officer safety and winning deadly confrontations.

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