A Weirton, West Virginia, police officer was fired in June after trying to talk down rather than kill an armed man whose gun was later found to be unloaded, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Sunday.
Another officer fatally shot the man.
On May 6, Stephen Mader responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute. When Mader arrived, Ronald Williams Jr. was holding a firearm.
Mader told the Post-Gazette that despite the threat, his experiences as a Marine and his police-academy training stopped him from pulling the trigger.