Holster or drop gun, do as they say and hope there's a good witness.
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Holster or drop gun, do as they say and hope there's a good witness.
I just watched the movie SALT and the final action scene just before SWAT storms into the bunker is a good example of how a situation could play out with you as the BG...
Gives me pause...The Duke
"It's time to nut up or shut up" - Woody Harrelson, "Tallahassee" in "Zombieland"
Close but no cigar....re-holster, and put your hands UP (standing on your own weapon makes it useless to you unless you have monkey feet...if you re-holster, your weapon is out of your hand, secure from other people's grasp, yet still accessible IF the need for it arizes again). That is what we are trained to do as far back as the academy in an off duty or a plain clothes incident. If we can't for some reason display our badge, or if responding officers come up from behind....they might now know we are a cop, or whatever. But, we recognize their MAY BE an off duty or plain clothes officer there. It WILL get sorted out. Mean time...do what the nice officers tell you.
Obey all LE commands RIGHT NOW.
It will be sorted out.
TELL the officers you are armed and WHERE YOUR GUN IS. Volunteer that info...don't make them search you. Just fess up to where it is...it WILL be sorted out.
You WILL be handcuffed. Don't sweat it. It WILL happen. Don't get all "Second Ammendmenty" and "Constitution this and that"....remember this would be an EXTREMELY tense moment for YOU and the OFFICERS responding. Now is NOT the time to get on a soap box. This is a traumatic event. Remain calm, do what you're told, and it WILL be sorted out.
Make sure you take note of witnesses to YOUR actions versus the shooter.
Make sure you said silly things like.."Stop, drop the weapon!" or even "POLICE! Stop!" (IF some whizz bag claims you were impersonating an officer you can reply..."I was CALLING for the police!").
In short...what happens in the moments following a critical incident are just as dangerous as the incident itself. Some advocating saying nothing at all....EH EH EH WRONG.
"Officer, I was in a shooting. That man/woman lying over there had a (insert gun/knife/flame thrower here), and it is laying _________________. He/she shot into the crowd, I was in fear for my life and the lives of the people around him. I want to cooperate totally, but I am very shaken right now and I'd rather not say more until I have had a chance to talk to a lawyer."
It "WILL BE SORTED OUT," or not. If only he'd holstered his weapon? (which he could not reasonably do in the midst of the melee.):
Baltimore Plainclothes Cop Killed
Drawing your weapon puts you in jeopardy. More so in a defense-of-others situation than in defense of self alone.
It could be worse!
The tragedy in MD is a whole different scenario from the one the OP posted, which was the one I was answering. The shooting in MD happened while a scuffle was still in progress. Any officers rolling on this call would know an incident was IN PROGRESS, and may already know there is at least one armed subject. It may be a club known to officers in that district for having trouble. There are lots of what ifs and variables. I was answering a question about a singular incident.
I have a pretty good handle on the way TPD and the PCSD would handle rolling up on a scene where the THREAT HAD SEEMINGLY PASSED and you have a downed subject and a person of interest standing with his hands up and holstered weapon. No professional officer will get out guns a blazin' in that case. I went to the same academy as those officers and worked for both departments during my career. I started with the city, then moved to county for 20 years before I retired. I know how they are trained.
It will never fail to amaze me how many apples and oranges get compared in a pear orchard.
Your previous post though, was interesting. I've always thought the same thing. If a cop shows up DURING the shooting, drop my gun as soon as they arrive on scene. But if they show up after I'm done, I'll have already re-holstered my firearm and will immediately 'hands-up' surrender and ID myself as the good guy, and let them take me into custody if they wish. After all, they just have my word on a very wild scene where someone has been shot and I just admitted to shooting at least one person.
And no sudden moves :)
A Non-LE involved active shooter incident played out this way: Subject opens fire at a gathering (who cares where...people are crowded together). Several bystanders are hit, some onlookers run, some are paralyzed by fear. Some don't even recognize what is happening as they believe that life is all lollipops and cotton candy and it MUST be firecrackers. One guy or gal with a CCW and an evil yucky gun (that's for the libs), based upon training (hopefully he or she has aquired some) recognizes a threat, sees the shooter, evaluates the shot (Can he/she make it safely without hurting yet more innocents?) and deals with it. Let's say it is a good center mass pump stopper, and the subject drops like a stone. Good Guy/Gal does a fast reload, scans the target area while still covering the downed subject...seeing the threat has apparently abated, and is down and no longer armed. Goog Guy/Gal moves the subject's weapon away from his grasp, and reholsters HIS own weapon as responding officers roll in. Good Guy/Gay steps back raises his hands and waits for the R/O's instructions, and complies competely without hesitation.
Does anyone here really think a cop is going to shoot him now?
It WILL get sorted out.
Note: It probably took ten times longer to type the last paragraph than it would for that incident from first-shot to holstering the weapon. Think about that....it ain't like TV.
I guess the issue is what if the RO shows up right as you're shooting? All he knows is that shots were fired in a crowd, people are down, and that he sees you shooting some guy carrying a gun. Is that guy the bad guy? A good CCer? A plains clothes cop? A nearby storeowner who tried to shoot at the shooter? Who knows. I guess the critical issue here is whether you notice the RO has arrived, or are you still focused on your target?
Nonetheless, you're right - staying alert and using common sense is paramount, especially as your hearing and vision is going to be compromised (you'll have tunnel vision) after the adrenaline rush and shots fired.
My CCW instructor suggested that you take cover, reload, and wait for the cops. Have someone else call 911, not yourself. Don't say anything until you get your lawyer.
I'm sure there could be a lot of discussion on this. How does it look to the cops when they arrive on the scene and there is some guy in the bushes with a gun drawn? What if another permit holder comes along. What is he/she going to do?
We're all in favor of reducing violent crime. It's just that pro-gunners have a method that is proven effective. Anti-gunners don't.
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Plus, it might be movie-esque, but there's the possibility that if I don't make my lack of hostile intentions clear, the real perp might escape while I'm trying to convince the LEO I'm on their side or am otherwise distracting them.
I would pull and shoot fully aware I may be considered a BG at some point. That is the case with almost any SD shooting. I know only one cc permit holder in RL who was involved in a SD shooting. LE, officer who knew the victim (aka good guy with a cc who pulled during an armed car jacking attempt), yelled at him several times to lower his firearm. LE and cc / GG / gunowner were more then passing acquaintances, see each other weekly.
GG / victim had tunnel vision, and so did the LE. GG / victim finally lowered firearm, LE stated he had to catch himself at that moment because LE's finger was on trigger in the process to fire.
For the LE, when he arrived, all he could see was a guy with a gun looking all over the place with gun up, and a dead teen. Only until other LE arrived did 1st responding LE figure out who it was.
I assume every time you draw your weapon in SD, the chance of being considered a BG by a 3rd party increases, but it is all about playing the cards you are dealt, the situation, and the odds. You put your life at risk when you draw, but most likely your life was already at risk.
If I had been there, unless I was wetting my pants, any maybe even if I was wetting my pants, I would have drawn and shot if I could have ended the threat.
Am I a bull in a china shop? Maybe. The only thing in my heart I'm concerned about in a SD situatuion is will I harm an innocent, while intending to take out BG. This is the greatest concern I have in a SD situation. In contrast, what I would suffer with to the grave, is if I did nothing when I could have stopped the threat.
The OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) which Biker refered to in his post is taught in each of our classes. Colonel John Boyd came up with the model, and it is can be used in all manner of problem solving including self defense situtations.
Lots of folks have already covered what one should do it they have time after being involved in a shooting, whether it is a mass shooting or you and one other guy/gal whatever. If the threat is stopped and there appear to be no other threats, get the gun out of your hand, holster it, stand on it if you wish. I prefer the reholster method myself if possible. Most importantly follow directions of any LEO's once they make themselves known. Point out the bad guy, if it is a mass shooting situation many other people will be pointing him out as well. Again, follow directions of the LEO's that respond, after they disarm you, it is your call as to what you tell them, or don't tell them.
Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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With due consideration to circumstances, a fast reholster can be as beneficial as a fast draw.
"I do what I do." Cpl 'coach' Bowden, "Southern Comfort".
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” -- Thomas Jefferson