NordlichReiter says... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland_State_Police The Maryland State Police are currently issued a Beretta PX4 Storm, but the officer in the video seems to be carrying something of the Beretta type, but I cannot tell. It definitely does not look like a glock which usually have a square slide. When he holsters the weapon his thumb appears to come up to hit a decocker, which on a Beretta is on the back of the slide and ambidextrous. I don't know if its standard protocol to have the hammer in ready position, most pistols are double action. However it does appear that he is placing the gun on safe when he holsters the weapon, he is definitely doing something. In this case I don't think he needed to draw his weapon. Some will say that's protocol; I say if the perpetrator was not armed then there was no need to present a weapon. In my mind the situation did not scale on the force continuum to have need for a weapon. Maybe soft physical force; the officer jumped straight to lethal force. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_of_force_continuum In reply to this comment by schmawy: Heh, thanks Nordy. You seem to know a lot about handgun training, so if I may ask a question? Does he appear to take the safety off with his left hand immediately after drawing the weapon? Is that procedure, or is the decision to saftey off a separate event? In reply to this comment by NordlichReiter: >> ^schmawy: Nope. It's not changing. TELL EM SERIOUS CAT! GET 'EM!