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"The Empty Gun"
AIRDATE: 10.13.82


WHAT SAID:  

Fellow police criticize Romano for not shooting a juvenile (David Michael Elliott) who killed an officer.

SYNOPSIS:  

A young punk, Minetti, and his sidekick Deke are robbing Pop Bernstein, the owner of a little liquor store. As the two make their getaway, officers Benteen and Martinez arrive and chase after them. Hooker and Romano are dispatched and join the pursuit. In the frenzy of the chase, Martinez is shot and killed by Minetti. Romano goes after Minetti, waits until he is out of bullets and then captures him at gunpoint. Hooker and Benteen are angry with Romano because he didn;t revenge [sic] his fellow officer's death by shooting Minetti. As a result of their contempt, Romano asks for a transfer from Hooker as his training officer. Hooker then realizes that Romano did the right thing and they mutually decide to remain partners. Meanwhile, Deke and some of his buddies warn Pop Bernstein not to testify against Minetti. As a result, Minetti gets off with only a year's probation. But Minetti and Deke are soon caught escaping from a robbery. Hooker and Romano are waiting for them, however. This time Romano shoots, hitting Minetti in the shoulder. Both MInetti, now eighteen and able to be prosecuted as an adult, and Deke are arrested.

 

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GUEST STARS:

Herbert Jefferson, Jr.
"Off. D. Benteen"

E.M. Margolese
"Pop Bernstein"

Joshua Gallegos
"Martinez"

Jeanette Nolan
"Annie"

Scott Thomson
"Deke"

David Underwood
"Off. Dempsey"

David Michael Elliott
"Minetti"



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