Constable Edward Shadbolt: Shoots Gun Out of Suicidal Man's Hand, Just Like in the Movies

This is the kind of stuff that's only supposed to happen in movies: A desperate man trying for a suicide-by-cop, one cool-headed, dead-eyed rifleman, one shot and the man's gun is blown out of his hand, only slightly injuring him -- That's how it always goes, in Hollywood at least, right?

Add East Texas to that list. Wood County Constable Edward Shadbolt did the movie trick successfully -- under a lot more pressure than if he was on some soundstage.

As reported by, Shadbolt was one of a group of law-enforcement agents who responded to a call of an armed man threatening to kill himself Sunday.

The hour-long standoff looked like it was turning into a classic case of a man trying to commit "suicide by cop," at least until Shadbolt decided to take action.

From about 30 yards away, he aimed his rifle and blew the man's gun away. The man was treated and released from the hospital for his hand wound.

Wait, wait, you're saying -- cops are trained to shoot to kill in situations where they are forced to shoot, right? Maybe Shadbolt is just a guy with bad aim and lots of luck?

Wrong. He has been a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education instructor for about ten years for tactical weapon training.

"I was very confident in the shot because I do a lot of training, so I am confident with my weapon," he told

Police said charges will eventually be sought on the man who was holding the handgun.

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