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What Would I Do After A Self Defense Shooting?
This is not a question to be taken lightly. My only advice to you is to spend considerable time and resources thinking about the answers to this question before you decide to carry a concealed or openly visible firearm. I highly suggest consulting a lawyer for developing your own plan for what you would do after a self defense shooting. I am not a lawyer so please understand that as you read the following. But since this is Self Defense Week on RealitySurvival, I thought I would share with you what I personally would do if I was in a self defense shooting. Please understand that I am not trying to provide you with legally advice. I am only sharing with you what I myself would do in this situation. Obviously there are a wide variety of scenarios that a situation like this could play out; but because it is the most commonly thought of, I will use the example of a convenience store being robbed by a violent armed gunman.
There is a judgment call that has to be made by any person who is confronted with a situation like this and that is this. Should you just be a good observer/witness or should you get involved and act to neutralize the threat? Most people who read this blog will go with the latter. But this article is not going to cover all of the pros and cons of that decision and its possible consequences. This article is going to assume that I have decided to engage the threat and that the threat has been eliminated. Now what will I do?
15 Things I Would Do After A Self Defense Shooting
- Make sure my weapon is re-holstered when the area is secure. If I keep my firearm in my hand it may be threatening to the bystanders and the police when they arrive on scene. I don’t want to accidentally get shot. So back in the holster it goes.
- I will not touch the criminal’s weapon with my hands if possible, but will kick it safely away from his body. I will also make sure that no one else touches the criminal’s weapon.
- I will personally call 9/11 (even if someone else already did). I will let them know that I just witnessed an armed robbery and the criminal has been shot and an ambulance is required. I will not provide too many details to the 9/11 operator. I will tell them that I can’t answer additional questions right now. I will be very short and concise. I understand that I am not required to answer the 9/11 Operators questions. But I will be sure to let them know that the threat has ended and people at the scene are no longer in immediate danger. I will be sure to tell them that the scene is safe and secure. I will do this so that the police will hopefully be a little less amped up when they arrive on scene.
- I will do my best to make sure that no witnesses leave the scene. I will not force anyone to stay but I would try to get their picture or their license plate if they are trying to leave. I want them to be an official witness to the crime on my behalf.
- Before the police arrive I will try to make sure that everyone is gathered up in an area near the front of the store or just outside of it with their hands visible so they are not assumed to be a threat either. Someone will need to be in control after the chaos and since I will have the most to loose, it will be me. At least until the police arrive.
- When the police arrive I will make sure my hands are out and visible, I will comply with all of their instructions. I understand that they may handcuff me until they figure out what is going on, I expect this to happen.