You know I have been in Law Enforcement 40 years. No one "has seen everything," but I have seen a lot. What I have seen and experienced includes training where I have viewed case files, and observed hours upon hours of surveillance/vehicle/body cam videos. I wasn't there to witness the actions of the ranger and yourselves. Therefore I wont judge him or you! But I know how I have interacted with the public for over 40 years and my record speaks for itself (Nearly zero complains, countless letters of appreciation from the public, and many awards up to and including the medal of valor.)!
I am curious about this statement! My definition of "almost shot" is a weapon pointed in my direction and trigger finger has transitioned from a safe position and actually starting a trigger pull. Hand resting on firearm in holster and/or gun out of holster in a low ready position, are tactical positions taken as perceived threats present themseelves. PERCEIVED THREATS are by definition, the perception of the individual, and therefore could be flawed depending on training and experiance.
From my experiences, and what I have witnessed; I can convey that two "old men," in what visually appears to be innocuous, can get you hurt or killed. I personally have interacted with 70+ year old people who were some of the most prolific and dangerous criminals. I personally have investigated husband and wife teams in their late 60s who transported drugs and weapons via methods that would outwardly appear to be two grandparents going to the local bagel spot. In saying that, the trick of being a "good cop" is the ability to interact with the public in a manner that appears friendly/professional/courteous, and simultaneously be prepared to destroy them. The ability to convey the aforementioned façade depends largely on maturity and training. Therefore if the "Ranger" is new and lacks quality training, they most likely posses little or no ability to process and react, therefore they will revert to a hard threatening stance. In short, first responders are human beings and therefore flawed. And the fact they are human beings, most have fears, and most wish to get home safely every day. The fact that the majority of first responders place themselves in harms way, run towards danger while others run away, and in this case many miles from any assistance, perhaps we can forgive the rookie park rangers for being a bit aggressive and/or conveying themselves as an @!#%&*!!!!!!
Sorry for my extended rant, perhaps I need more sleep, and/or some more coffee.
PS: I will be the first person to criticize/incarcerate a truly dirty cop as they give the rest of us a horrible reputation that is often inflamed by individuals/organizations whom spread false narratives and/or false information. Therefore in this case and many others, I will not defend or prosecute the actions of those on scene unless I witnessed the entire incident. And even then I will maintain neutrality and merely provide a point of view by someone with experience.