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Shooter in Raiders-Cardinals fan incident is a former cop

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New details have emerged regarding the shooting of a Raiders fan earlier this month outside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

According to Jennifer Thomas of AZFamily.com, the shooter is a former police officer, who may have fired in self-defense.

Michael Horan, 57, had attended the Raiders-Cardinals game with his wife. They were at their vehicle during the third quarter of the game, at which time they were involved in a confrontation with Chris Knight, 29.

Knight, who was wearing silver face paint, reportedly had been aggressive toward motorists attempting to leave the parking lot where the incident occurred.  Horan called police after shooting Knight, claiming that it occurred accidentally.

Horan currently faces no charges.  Shot in the face, Knight’s eye was removed.  He has had multiple procedures to remove the bullet and reconstruct parts of his face.  Knight’s family has set up a web page for collecting donations; he has no insurance and was the sole provider for his family.

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33 Responses to “Shooter in Raiders-Cardinals fan incident is a former cop”
  1. daroc88 says: Aug 30, 2012 8:18 PM

    No insurance, sole provider for family, yet money to splurge on a football game and nonetheless be involved in a confrontation while there! I hate misplaced priorities.

  2. vikings28 says: Aug 30, 2012 8:18 PM

    sad

  3. art75gon says: Aug 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    Sad story!! The shooter could have jumped into his car. Instead he had to shoot the guy in the face!?!?

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 30, 2012 8:41 PM

    daroc88 says:
    Aug 30, 2012 8:18 PM
    No insurance, sole provider for family, yet money to splurge on a football game and nonetheless be involved in a confrontation while there! I hate misplaced priorities.

     ________________________

    Just to play devils advocate, he could have gotten the tickets for free. I went to the Giants vs Jets game with free tickets. Between tailgating and buying 2 beers at the game I spent ~$40.

  5. jimmylions says: Aug 30, 2012 8:52 PM

    If it was self-defense, then it wasn’t an accidental shooting. You shot the person to defend yourself.

    In the original reports, the shooter said he was just waiving the gun around to scare the other person, and did not mean to shoot him — thus the shooting was accidental.

    So the shooter’s story appears to be evolving over time, and the victim is now the attacker.

    But it’s a former cop, and it’s Arizona.

  6. phloorioisanarcissist says: Aug 30, 2012 8:58 PM

    I don’t know what happened, I wasn’t there. I have a wife and kids and I don’t like the Raiders, but Mike is insinuating in this article, because this former cop who has a wife whom he was at the game with, and because he is a former police officer (which means nothing), the shooting might have been justified. Cops are overglorified. In most places, you can join the police force straight out of high school, and many of them are guys that were picked on in school and have a chip on their shoulder. I know a lot of guys who are crazy as hell who are married, even at 57.

    I hate it when people jump to conclusions.

    This incident should remind people to tread lightly when visiting opponents stadiums. What could happen if you get too out of control.

    Yes, I am talking to you Packer fans.

  7. onderin says: Aug 30, 2012 8:58 PM

    This is still pretty unspecific as to how things went down. What do they mean by the victim being “aggressive towards motorist?”

    This is just a weird sad thing that happened.

  8. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 30, 2012 9:03 PM

    I was wondering how someone can “accidentally” shoot someone in the face. I guess if you’re an ex-cop or ex-vp, it’s possible.

    If it were the other way around, and the raider fan would have claimed he accidentally shot the ex-cop in the face, he’d prob be on death row by now.

  9. Keyser Söze says: Aug 30, 2012 9:05 PM

    Had the roles (and team loyalty) been reversed you can rest assured the shooter would be in custody. Surely the Raider fan must have had a weapon of some sort. What else would warrant dealy force….unless the facepaint constituted as such.

  10. invaiduh says: Aug 30, 2012 9:07 PM

    so was he shot in self defense or was it an accident?

    can only be one.

  11. phillyphann83 says: Aug 30, 2012 9:21 PM

    Well this story sure isn’t going to help get him donations. Makes him sound like a drunken, smack-talking agitator wo was messsing with any and everyone leaving that parking lot.

  12. KIR says: Aug 30, 2012 9:37 PM

    Sorry, but you don’t shot a guy for being loud, obnoxious and threatening.

  13. txxxchief says: Aug 30, 2012 9:38 PM

    Maybe it was both accidental AND self defense. He may have been aiming for between the eyes but missed.

  14. radrntn says: Aug 30, 2012 9:38 PM

    this is the same cop who was found guilty when he was with NYPD and was sued for excessive force.

    The jury found that police arrested three Connellys on trumped-up charges and used excessive force on Christopher Connelly, who was beaten with flashlights, shackled and stuffed in a body bag.
    When cops hauled Christopher Connelly out of his Brooklyn home shackled in a body bag – his half- naked mom in tow – police say neighbors didn’t hold back their feelings.

    Sgt. Michael Horan, who offered the story as evidence of the Connelly family’s reputation in Gerritsen Beach, smiled at the recollection of jeering neighbors.

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2003-09-22/news/18248955_1_cops-christopher-connelly-body-bag

  15. realfootballfan says: Aug 30, 2012 9:45 PM

    That’s why you should never even drive through Arizona. Their gun nut laws encourage this behavior as the NRA writes their laws.

    Agressive behavior toward you (mind you with no weapon being present from the so called agressor) is justification to get your gun out and start shooting, and this is validated by the state laws in nutty Arizona. SMH.

  16. pigskin28 says: Aug 30, 2012 9:45 PM

    It could be both. You draw in defense but the gun fired accidentally.
    What this guy is going through is sad but such is the penalty for foolish behavior.

    People are too aggressive nowadays and you never know when you are in serious danger and when just driving way can solve the issue. You wish most people would just drive away. However when this happens the onus has to fall first on the person acting the fool.

  17. illadelphiasphinest says: Aug 30, 2012 9:46 PM

    So your telling us he was a rowdy fan in the parking lot. This is not a first. Seems like the cop caused more trouble and violence then the raiders fan. The former cop accidently pulled out his gun, and accidently shot him in the head. NO WAY!!!!! I love how former police officers still believe they have the right to be an active officer and take the law into their own hands. He should have minded his own business and looked the other way just like the other thousands of fans in the parking lot leaving the game. But no Mr. High n Mighty former cop “accidently” shoots a guy in the head ruining his life and putting his family in a terrible position. Nice work ya jerk!!

  18. chief67 says: Aug 30, 2012 9:48 PM

    Is there something illegal about shooting a Raider fan ?

  19. radrntn says: Aug 30, 2012 9:57 PM

    same cop who was found guilty of excessive force while with NYPD…

  20. glad4sgone says: Aug 30, 2012 9:59 PM

    Sad story!! The shooter could have jumped into his car. Instead he had to shoot the guy in the face!?!?

    While I do not know any of the details surrounding this incident, I do know one thing: the statement above is amazingly ignorant.

  21. ripseau says: Aug 30, 2012 10:00 PM

    Really? Harass cars trying to leave after a PRESEASON game? Sometimes people who act a fool get shot in the face, accidental or not

  22. ajchargers says: Aug 30, 2012 10:02 PM

    “Knight’s eye was removed.”

    Now he’s a REAL Raider.

  23. n0hopeleft says: Aug 30, 2012 10:09 PM

    Something is fishy.

  24. lostsok says: Aug 30, 2012 10:12 PM

    Accidentally shot in the face…huh. I didn’t know Dick Cheney was a football fan.

  25. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 30, 2012 10:14 PM

    Well, the comments section in that article you linked to pretty much disproves the theory that requiring commenters to register through facebook somehow improves the quality of dialogue.

  26. couldntdodiddlypoo says: Aug 30, 2012 10:17 PM

    when jack@sses collide…

  27. dc4546 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:28 PM

    That Chris Knight guy sounds like a real genius.

  28. larrybrown43 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:43 PM

    Gun control? Who needs gun control? Every man, woman, and child should pack heat. If anyone is acting a little silly just shoot em in the face. He ha!

  29. billsboy88 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:52 PM

    Sad story, but….

    If you have a family and you are their sole provider, why are you acting like an idiot, picking fights with strangers in a parking lot? What if you mess with the wrong person and you get seriously hurt?

    Not exactly what I would call being a smart, responsible adult. We all love our teams, but everyone should love their families more. Once you have kids you have to consider them before making any decision in life.

  30. rajbais says: Aug 30, 2012 11:01 PM

    Even though Knight may have acted “aggressive” can’t Horan just call 911 like a civilized adult?

    Even if the gun may have gone off accidentally can’t people just act like civilized adults and find mature ways to stop trouble or can’t this ex-cop get a bunch of guys to settle him down by any means possible?

    My God. Arizona has become a state that’s like one with land mines with their lax gun laws. I’d rather step foot in Compton than Arizona because I know when to protect myself than having my life getting victimized unexpectedly.

  31. billsboy88 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:01 PM

    I just want to clarify that I by no means condone the actions of the shooter. Brandishing a loaded gun to scare off unruly fan is just as irresponsible as the other guy’s alleged actions.

    Summary:
    1. Don’t go looking for fights, especially when you have a family. Life is too short

    2. Pulling out your gun should be an absolute last resort. Walk away, drive away, hit the guy, do anything but point a loaded gun in his face. Even in the hands of a trained police officer, guns are dangerous by nature and accidents can happen.

  32. kokomike says: Aug 31, 2012 6:44 AM

    You pull a gun out. You shoot someone. Not an accident.

  33. jumboli says: Aug 31, 2012 11:48 AM

    Quote
    realfootballfan says:Aug 30, 2012 9:45 PM

    “That’s why you should never even drive through Arizona. Their gun nut laws encourage this behavior as the NRA writes their laws.

    Agressive behavior toward you (mind you with no weapon being present from the so called agressor) is justification to get your gun out and start shooting, and this is validated by the state laws in nutty Arizona. SMH.”

    ———————————————————-
    First… I have lived in AZ since 95 and been a Cardinal season ticket holder since 98 and I have never even seen someone with a gun in public or at a game. Second..to say their gun laws encourage this behavior is ignorant. Nowhere does the gun law say”shoot obnoxious people at your leasure”. Third…. Don’t assume the Raider fan didn’t have a weapon. Any object that can harm another individual can be considered a weapon including a bottle, rock, etc. Third…he didn’t get his gun out and start shooting. He shot once at the fan and called 911. There are too many facts missing to pass judgement in any way. I am a firm believer that ‘in most cases” you control your own destiny. Point being, the guy wouldn’t have got shot if he walked back to his car with his mouth closed. BTW – I am not justifying the shooter, I am just saying the Raider fan could have avoided the situation if he kept his nose clean.

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