The question of whether British police should be routinely armed has been reignited by the fatal shooting of an officer in Leeds. Pc Ian Broadhurst, 34, was killed and his colleague Pc Neil Roper, 45, seriously injured when a man being questioned about a stolen car produced a gun and opened fire. Norman Brennan, director of police support group Protect the Protectors, said: "This indiscriminate murder yet again begs the question, when do we fully arm the British police service?" Opponents said such a move might not be welcomed in Britain and would mean the introduction of US-style law enforcement. Former West Yorkshire chief constable Keith Hellawell said it would be difficult to arm all officers, suggesting instead that the death penalty be reintroduced for those who kill police. Both arguments were dismissed by Mark Leech, author of The Prisons Handbook, who said the onus was on police to make sure they handcuffed and searched all suspects. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3351039.stm Arming the police is the only way to go with the rise in gun crimes, but i doubt it would have helped save the Officer's life in this instant.