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Local TV news guy's live report rudely interrupted by police shootout across the street

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On-the-scene local news reporters have had a pretty rough go of it lately. Just last month, an Australian weatherman discovered a missing beachgoer’s drowned corpse adrift on the waters right as he was wrapping up a dispatch on dangerous tidal conditions (point made, Australia). Now, the rash of inopportune interruptions has reached America—specifically California, where a Fox 5 field reporter describing the cancellation of this year’s in-person San Diego Comic-Con was forced to pause his discussion of local economics for a dramatic police shootout literally right across the street from his vantage point.

“This is a big loss,” Jeff McAdam explains of SDCC’s cancellation, when multiple shots are suddenly heard off-camera. And yet, after an understandably surprised McAdam turns toward the gunfire and takes a small step backwards, the man somehow continues on with his story like it was no goddamn biggie. The Fox 5 reporter manages to get in a few more details on the original story before another string of gunshots erupt, at which point McAdam appears to think to himself, “Alright, I guess we should shift gears now,” and acknowledges that something potentially very violent and deadly is occurring in real time fewer than 500 feet away.

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As it turns out, the shootout occurred after San Diego police were called to reports of a man “raising a ruckus and scaring off pedestrians” near the convention center. An officer found 69-year-old Stephen Wilson brandishing a knife, and fired on the suspect after reportedly feeling threatened. Wilson was wounded, but arrived at a local hospital in stable condition, so that’s good, all things considered.

Instead of examining police (mis-)conduct and the potentially unnecessary escalation of violence against an elderly, presumably unstable man, we’re gonna just opt to focus on McAdam’s response here—pause, take a step back, adjust to the situation accordingly, do not draw your gun or knife—which we feel might be more appropriate when confronted with any potentially violent and/or SDCC-related events.

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Andrew Paul is a contributing writer with work recently featured by NBC Think, GQ, Slate, Rolling Stone, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He writes the newsletter, (((Echo Chamber))).