Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pro Tip: When it's Time to Shoot, Shoot. Don't Command the Perp

A lesson can be learned from the heroic actions of the Capitol Police in the baseball park assassination attempt.

When it is time to shoot, shoot. The time to negotiate has ended when you are in the middle of a firefight. From
Fillus said a police agent pulled out a gun and tried to shoot back. She was screaming, “ ‘Drop your weapon!’ And he shot her and she fell on the ground.

“She fell on the ground in front of us, and we were all just trying to lay as flat we could. And I belly crawled, dragging through the mud. I got to the car and I ducked under the car and I laid as close as I could under the car to hide from the person. Then the police seemed to come.”
Police have been trained to command a suspect to "drop the weapon".  In combat, you drop to the level of your training.  In this case it did not work well.  The officer shouting the commands drew fire, and was shot. Fortunately, it was not a fatal wound. It appears to have taken her out of the fight, at least for a time.

A little more bad luck on the remaining officer, and things could have been much, much worse.

The Tuco bathtub scene from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a great aid to make this point while teaching armed defense. It is a cultural icon that most people remember. When it is time to shoot, shoot.

Link to video clip of the Tuco scene

Talking interferes with shooting. It is hard to do both at the same time.

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Anonymous said...

Let me think, How many times Have I said that right here on this blog? Once the gun is out and pointed the trigger pull on most guns is nothing. Most guns are not out and pointed if there is no round under the hammer. It is not your responsibility to know if they intend to shoot. every situation requires some thought, No situation requires you to take a bullet. Unless you are a good with a gun as I am don't even think about trying to shoot the weapon out of their hand. I would not in most circumstances. If your first shot does not take down fire a better aimed shot to finish the job. If they are not flat they can still fire. then you always have the sneaky one that will go down and wait for the chance to get off a shot. the clue in being required to use deadly force is if they were trying to or threatening to kill you or someone else. Always remember it was their choice. as long as they have a hand on the gun they can still fire.

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