Telegraph | Comment | In 1966, they refused to sue& not now
It appears that what happened was a deranged/disgruntled man with a gun shot two people at a barbecue. He then fled the scene, but the police did not know that he had left. Some neighbors came in to assist the bleeding victims, and those neighbors called out to the police when they arrived to allow paramedics to enter the house. However, the police had to follow standard procedure; without knowing for sure if the gunman was still inside, they were unwilling to send medical help inside. "Risk assessment" means they had to consider the unknown factors: was the gunman inside forcing the neighbors to call for help, thus luring paramedics into a trap? If he was, in fact, still inside, there was the possibility that in addition to the two women already injured, medical and law enforcement personnel could also be shot. It's a decision no one wants to make - do we let two women die in favor of saving other lives? Do we take a chance of getting more people killed?