April 20th, 2010 03:15 PM
Let's say someone is approaching you holding a knife that you perceived to be threatening you. So, you pull you gun and tell them to stop.
Let's say their not quite close enough that you feel conifident in shooting them either b/c you're afraid you'd miss, or the fact that they may run away and you won't need to shoot them.
Then, instead of just turning and fleeing, they back up while they are facing you and approach their vehicle which is close by and you are not sure if they are going to get in the car to flee, or go for a gun and start firing at you.
What would you do at that point?
April 20th, 2010 03:39 PM
You don't do anything but hold the gun on them. If you can use your free hand to call 911 then do that as well. If they want to go their car let them. If they reach in instead of getting in however be ready to shoot.
April 20th, 2010 04:17 PM
As they back away from you...You do same and put distance and concealment if not hard cover between you and them.
You allow them to to depart as you too depart, to SAFETY.
Once safe you _immediately_ dial 911 and report what occurred.
A threat that chooses to retreat is no longer an active threat, and by that you no longer have reasonable justification to apply lethal force.
Texas state law being a notable exception.
"Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy
"A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing
April 21st, 2010 01:06 PM
Drawing Gun on BG, and he runs away...
...is a really great outcome for you. You are alive and uninjured, don't need to clean your gun, didn't shoot up a bunch of expensive ammo, and have no dead bodies to explain to the police.
Now call 911 and report the incident, partly to CYA, but primarily because if Mr. Scumbag didn't get what he wanted/needed from you, he is now looking for a new victim.
"If we loose Freedom here, there's no place to escape to. This is the Last Place on Earth!" Ronald Reagan
April 21st, 2010 06:57 PM
Even here in Canada, you can use deadly force to stop the threat, once they turn and run, you lose the protection of law if you use deadly force. Of course the authorities do everything they can to prevent you from applying deadly force.
April 21st, 2010 09:04 PM
So in Texas you CAN shoot someone for fleeing with your property? Say someone mugs me, takes my watch, wallet, etc. but doesn't notice the gun. Can I then shoot to retrieve my items?
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