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April 12, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Madison bank robber: Was police use of force necessary?

I live very close to where the Madison Park bank robber, Cody Spafford, was shot on April 4 [“Alleged bank robber ID’d as chef,” The Today File, April 4].

It was a bit scary to have neighbors call and warn that there was an armed bank-robber in the area and that doors should be locked. However, questions remain why it was necessary to kill Spafford. He was only armed with a knife. Even if the police thought that he had a gun, couldn’t a Taser gun be used or shoot to maim rather than to kill?

Spafford had just robbed a bank with a toy gun. He crashed his car and was undoubtedly in a state of not thinking properly. Could a team of councilors have been utilized to convince him to leave the bushes where he was attempting to hide?

Spafford, a 26-year-old young man, broke the law and deserved to be punished. Did the punishment warrant death?

JoAnne Hardt Rudo, Seattle

Comments | More in crime/justice | Topics: bank robber, Cody Spafford, JoAnne Hardt Rudo

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