On Thursday morning, the El Centro Police Department made the decision to fire upon a 14-year-old boy wielding a meat cleaver.
Officers hit the teen with a non-lethal weapon, a shotgun of sorts that throws beanbag-like projectiles aimed at stunning an intended target.
We applaud the Police Department's decision, a decision that likely saved that boy's life.
An El Centro police spokesman said all other means of trying to get the teen to give himself up were in vain and officers at the scene feared the boy would hurt himself or others. Such a statement not only reveals the cops' compassion but their common sense.
In an age where troubled kids acting out are a dime a dozen, this situation could have easily gotten out of hand. However, El Centro police handled the situation with clarity and smarts, which seems to be a trend sweeping through police departments throughout Imperial Valley. It's a trend we hope will last.