Re "Knife doesn't justify shooting" (Letters, Aug. 21): A knife is considered a deadly weapon. If somebody is lunging at you with a knife, are you going to take some time to decide where you should shoot him or by instinct are you going to shoot and just hope you stop him before he hurts you? What makes you think that a shot to the leg will allow seizure of the knife? The attacker could still be coming at you, especially if he is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Keep in mind that police officers have human instincts and volunteer for a job that puts their life on the line every day. Would you like the job? Just remember that you will probably not know what is on the mind of an individual should he/she be brandishing a knife.
-- John Olsen, Carmichael