Thursday, July 24, 2014

Concealed Carry:The Aftermath of a Defensive Shooting (1 of 3)

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Disclaimer: The listed information, details or story are by no means all-inclusive, nor is it intended to be complete information on the subject of defensive shootings, the defensive use of a firearm, or for self defense in general. This article does not represent any or all legal advice outside the legal representation of an attorney of choice. Consult a qualified attorney, versed on the subjects of self defense, gun rights and defensive shooting practices.

This is the first in a three part article on ideas for After the Shooting is Over.

1. Preparing To Survive A Defensive Shooting Event
Mind, Body, Training, Tactics, Preparation
Mind: Begin by preparing your defensive and survival mindset. Prepare mentally.
Body: Get and keep yourself into physical shape. You must be physically fit to survive a fight or an altercation with your attacker.
Training: Train with firearms, edged weapons and in self-defense. You can never train enough. Practice often with your firearms, knives and hands/feet for close range encounters.
Tactics: There is no such thing as a fair fight. Use every method and every tactic available to you to survive the threat.
Preparation: Combine the four previous methods, mix generously, and overcome your attackers with determined effort.
2. Defensive Gun Usage – How To Survive The Threat
While At Home: Engaging the Threat
Harden your home defense with alarm systems, locks and lights. Use them if you have them and get them if you don’t.
Create a home defense plan. Know the plan. Drill the plan.
Have a go-to zone / safe room in your residence. Engage your “stand your ground” tactics accordingly.
Have a safe and loaded firearm ready. Take it with you to the go-to zone / safe room.
Keep a charged cell phone nearby. Take it with you into the go-to zone / safe room.
If someone enters your residence, take charge. Think, react and control the situation.
Work the home defense plan. Rush or retreat to the go-to zone/safe room. Dial 911.
If threatened or attacked, you must engage your threat. Shoot center mass and continue to shoot until the threat has been stopped. Reload and re-engage your threat again if necessary.
Stay in your go-to zone / safe room as long as it is safe to remain there.
While In Public: Engaging The Threat
Know and plan your course of travel.
Harden your soft target defenses.
Travel with a friend.
Everyone should be alert and responsive to threats. Have situational awareness.
Wear clothing that gives you easy access to your firearm or other carried weapons.
If possible, disengage from the threat, seek cover and monitor the threat.
If your attacker is an imminent threat to you or others, if you are armed – engage your attacker by shooting center mass.
Continue to shoot your attacker until the threat has been stopped.
Reload and re-engage your threat again if necessary, but only if necessary. Don’t give a “just for good measure” shot. You will be prosecuted. Stop the threat only. Don’t chase your attacker shooting.
Remain in a safe area (behind cover) if it is feasible.
3. After The Shooting – The Immediate Aftermath
Stay put, unless it is more dangerous to remain in-place. Do not approach the threat.
Keep a visual of your attacker, in case they are only wounded.
If your attacker is wounded, keep your firearm aimed at the intruder. Only engage them again if they threaten to harm you or others, or continue their attack.
Ensure that you have an adequate amount of ammunition loaded into your firearm; reload as necessary, however do not traverse to another area to gather more ammo if doing so will place you into further danger.
4. Calling 911
Call 911 (if not already on the telephone with them). Do not wait. Call them immediately. Tell them that you just shot an intruder or attacker and that you were in fear of your life. Remember, the 911 call is recorded.
Ask for an ambulance.
Tell 911 who you are and how you are dressed.
Tell 911 where you are located, and who is with you.
Give the 911 Operator a description, if available, of your attacker, and their location.
If your attacker was armed, describe what type of weapon they had, or you observed.

Tell 911 that you are still armed and that you will set your firearm or weapon down once the police have arrived and when you are safe from the suspect’s threat.
If requested by 911, stay on the line with them.
Give no additional statements, admissions, comments or apologies at this time. You are being recorded
(5) Waiting for the Police to Arrive – Securing the Scene
Remain on the 911 call if instructed to do so by the 911 operator.
Just like law enforcement officers (LEO) do, and if it is safe to do so, you need to secure the scene to the best of your ability and for your safety.
Don’t move any evidence and don’t move the suspect’s body. Keep the integrity of the shooting scene intact.
Remain vigilant for others who may be associates or additional attackers.
Watch out for crowds forming. They may be friends or acquaintances of the subject you just shot. Watch out for onlookers or associates who might attempt to remove evidence, (i.e. gun, knife, weapon) from the scene of the shooting event. Identify them if required.
If evidence is taken, describe it and its location to the best of your ability to LEO’s.
Upon police arrival, place your firearm or weapon in a recoverable place (such as safely on the ground in front of you), and inform the responding officers of your firearms or weapons location. Identify it to officers without pointing it at them. Comply with officers instructions. You may even be handcuffed. They are trying to protect themselves and they do not need to also get into an encounter with you. Remain calm.
Direct the officers to the attacker’s weapons (if there was one).
Identify the attacker as the person who attacked you or threatened you with death.

Next article we will review talking to authorities, rights, and media.

Semper Paratus
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