(NSFW) Suspect Draws Replica Gun, Cop’s Gun Is Authentic

This agency-provided footage shows a police officer in Rochester, New York responding to a call for service, wherein a suspect- Todd Novick, 46- flees the scene and draws what appears to be a handgun during the ensuing chase. The officer shoots and handcuffs the fleeing suspect while his partner calls for medical support. Despite the quick call for medical, Novick died as a result of his injuries. The suspect’s weapon was later found to be a Crossman C11 BB pistol. Drawing a C02-powered facsimile of a pistol on two cops with two real weapons is a bold strategy, but this video demonstrates how quickly the officers had to register the object as a weapon and react. It then breaks down the shoot, almost frame-by frame, showing the suspect drawing the weapon and looking back at the officers, establishing intent. Rochester Police Chief David Smith is quoted as saying “When you’re running with a gun in your hand, I submit you are not fleeing. You are trying to obtain a better tactical position.” He maintains that “fleeing” would have included dropping the gun beforehand – although drawing it at all would likely have yielded the same result- or leaving it pocketed.


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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This agency-provided footage shows a police officer in Rochester, New York responding to a call for service, wherein a suspect- Todd Novick, 46- flees the scene and draws what appears to be a handgun during the ensuing chase. The officer shoots and handcuffs the fleeing suspect while his partner calls for medical support. Despite the quick call for medical, Novick died as a result of his injuries. The suspect’s weapon was later found to be a Crossman C11 BB pistol. Drawing a C02-powered facsimile of a pistol on two cops with two real weapons is a bold strategy, but this video demonstrates how quickly the officers had to register the object as a weapon and react. It then breaks down the shoot, almost frame-by frame, showing the suspect drawing the weapon and looking back at the officers, establishing intent. Rochester Police Chief David Smith is quoted as saying “When you’re running with a gun in your hand, I submit you are not fleeing. You are trying to obtain a better tactical position.” He maintains that “fleeing” would have included dropping the gun beforehand – although drawing it at all would likely have yielded the same result- or leaving it pocketed.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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