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Thread: Perry Stevens - George Temple Incident

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    Regular Member SFCRetired's Avatar
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    Perry Stevens - George Temple Incident

    I know this happened something like seven years ago and I know Temple was shot six times. What I have never been able to clarify is whether, as has been alleged, Temple was shot in the back or what. All I can find is that he was shot "in the torso".

    Reason for asking is this: It would seem to me, and I am not an expert on human physiology, that shots to the back of an individual would be shots to a better-protected area than shots to the chest. In the back, you have the spinal column and it appears the ribs are more closely spaced. In the front, you have the sternum, not as thick as the spinal column, and the ribs appear to be less closely spaced.

    I have also never heard whether or not any type of drugs or steroids were found in his system.

    Disclaimer: This is not just morbid curiosity. Knowing why it took six(?) shots to stop Temple's attack may be of benefit to all of us who carry.
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    Re: Perry Stevens - George Temple Incident

    I was a paramedic, and it really doesn't matter too much if it is front or back. It is more on where in the front or back. In the ribs area you 'mostly'(mostly meaning there are some space at the top and the bottom this does not include) have your lungs, and of course heart. With most of the area of lungs, you can get shot there and keep going for a few minutes until the lung collapses(pneumothorax or thension pneumothorax) and/or fills with blood.

    So as is said before, these things can kill quicker depending on where on the certain organ is it. If it is close or at the point where the artery or vein entrance to the organ the blood loss with impending death will happen sooner.

    Average ambulance response time in the US is around 15 minutes. This does not include the time it takes the 911 call taker to answer the phone get the info, put it in the computer, dispatch, police to get there, secure the scene, and allow ems/fire in. This does not include time onscene(its suppose to be <10minutes), time enroute to the hospital(a level 1 hospital) (~10min urban), and time from the ER to the OR(>20 usually)

    The time delay I put in there to show how many times the person left the scene alive but dies enroute or at the hospital.

    Sorry if it is too gruesome for some


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