And now you're just being argumentative. It was a general example. And of course I wouldn't know what the bad guy looked like.So now, not only are you waiting for law enforcement to arrive, you are going to take the time to describe your family members in enough detail that you feel comfortable that a LEO won't accidentally shoot a family member - even one that might be armed? Plus, you've established an extremely specific set of criteria (5'4" wife, 3 year old, 3 mo. old - and a 6' tall perp) that you couldn't possibly know ahead of time and then tried to imply that any LEO could distinguish GG from BG with the most basic description. BTW, my son happens to be 6' tall, and even short people can commit crimes.
So I'm not willing to risk someone other than myself shooting at people in my house, at least until I have my family safely out of there - even if law enforcement comes equipped with a tape measure.
... and we haven't even touched on the tactical disadvantage someone has that doesn't intimately know the layout of the house.
If I chose to wait outside for LEOs to arrive I have nothing else to do but talk my little head off to dispatch about everything I think they need to know.. ESPECIALLY the description of my family members. I most certainly would not be just sitting there twittling my thumbs. There's SO much that you can be doing to help the scenario if you choose to stay outside.
You could even pull up a photo on your phone or out of your wallet or whatever. Who doesn't have pictures of their kids and spouses on their phones these days? And if you don't, oh well. As I said, you could certainly give their descriptions to dispatch while waiting for them to arrive so that you aren't wasting any time when they arrive.
Yes, short people can be bad guys, too. But I hope you got my point that if you describe to responding officers that there are x number of people of said sex and brief description who SHOULD be there and he comes across an individual who does not fit the descriptions given of the individuals who are supposed to be there then that means this person is likely on the suspect list.
Once again, you're making it sound like there are only 2 options at the onset of this scenario. Call 911 and wait or go in and do not call 911. There is so much in between.
Call 911, give a brief description of yourself, hang up and go in.
Call 911, put them on speaker phone, put the phone in your pocket, go in while describing what you see while you go in. Got a bluetooth headset? Go that route. If you feel it's too much of a distraction, hang up on them.
And here's another one.... you call 911 and tell them you live at xyz, abc and that the door is broken in and they say, "Yes, sir. We got a call from that address. Your wife says she got out and is waiting at her neighbors house but that there are three armed individuals in the house."
Oh, wait... you don't know that because you didn't even bother calling and now you are rushing into a home with armed invaders that your family isn't even in. OOPS
And, okay, your wife is armed. The LEO comes across her throughout his search. Why would he shoot her? Has she threatened him? Is she complying with his commands to put the gun down? If she's being reasonable and responsive to him there is no reason why she should get shot.. or anyone else in that house for that matter.
If she has a gun and is okay, why hasn't she tried to communicate that in some way to you on the outside or to law enforcement? If she's barricaded herself in a room with the kids and her gun she would be waiting for LEOs wouldn't she? She should know what to do when one comes through the house right?
So, she's safe. She's barricaded herself in a room and she's waiting for the cavalry. You go rushing in the back door because you don't even want to take 20 seconds to call 911 much less take an additional 60 seconds to glean more information. Now she's got the kids repelling out a window in the front of the house. She's now out of the house and you get shot looking for her because you couldn't take a few minutes to think before rushing.
The saying, "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast" comes to mind here.
There's another saying.. "Never be in a hurry to get yourself dead." To me it sounds like there are a LOT of people on this forum who are just ITCHING to be the hero and run in and are in a HUGE hurry to get themselves or someone they love killed.. and with no help on the way either. That just doesn't make ANY sense to me whatsoever. None.
Oh well. I hope it works all works out okay should something like this actually occur (God forbid). The fact that it is exceptionally unlikely is a comfort. But these threads are to help us think tactically and apply the lessons to other scenarios as well.
It amazes me that people are vilifying using reason and thought and exchanging it for emotional responses that lead to rushed actions that can be dangerous for all involved.
If you think you don't have 20 - 60 seconds to think a little bit, get help on the way and gain a little extra intel and be cautious in your approach then it probably won't matter anyway. That is the stark reality.