I don't advocate warning shots, ever. But...

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    I don't advocate warning shots, ever. But...

    A warning shot worked, in this case:

    Police: Passer-by fired warning shot to end man's stabbing of wife | Crime | ADN.com

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    My "warning" shots are aimed!
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    I don't advocate warning shots, ever. But...

    When I do, it would be dos close to the noggin'


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    I don't advocate warning shots either but it did work here. Every time I hear/read about shooting into the air, I'm reminded about a book we read in school and had to a write a report on. I forget the name but it involved two kids shooting a rifle into the air and the bullet came down to hit and kill a guy working on his roof.
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    I agree with the others, there would have been no warning shots. Weapons free on this guy. That bullet will come back down, and he's lucky it didn't hit anyone.
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    This case is much trickier in person in real time. It's easy to monday morning quarterback these things. You see someone stabbing a female, it aint easy taking on a knife wielding perp with your hands (don't bring your hands to a knife fight). and it may not be prudent to take aim if he is tussling with the victim. Do you look around for a stick? pepper spray? Keep in mind this is happening in a split second w/ someone probably screaming being murdered in front of your eyes.

    So a few of you guys are saying fire on the guy when he (assumed) is on top of the victim? and they may or may not be tussling? Lot's of details left out here, guess it depends on how close you are to him and how much separation there is between him and victim. Also, what's safer, firing into air or firing into ground, with potential ricochet.

    tough call.
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    Because of the obvious, I don't recommend warning shots, but sometimes that's all it takes to stop/prevent a felony.
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    Because of the increase in price of ammo. Warning shots will no longer be given.

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    I'm no advocate of warning shots at all, and not advocating it here, but shooting directly at the ground (soil) is not likely to ricochet, and shooting at the ground at a near right angle is extremely unlikely to ricochet. Rocky areas and concrete would be hazardous.
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    I dont think it was a warning shot. I think thats the way it was later classified.

    Remember the movie "TOMBSTONE"? At the fight at the OK corral, Doc Holliday has a double barrel shotgun. There is a BG hiding behind a horse. Doc Holliday fires one shot off in the air, the horse bucks up, Doc Holliday then shoots the BG.

    In the case at hand, you had a BG over a prone victim. I wouldnt have taken that shot either. Especially with over penetration concerns.

    However, fire the shot, the BG changes position, THEN if he doesnt respond to firm verbal commands, hes like the BG and the horse. Hes in a position to be better shot.

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    I consider my warning shot a miss

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    I'm all for warning shots... as long as they hit the target.

    This story just doesn't provide enough details. Was there really no other way to get the 73 year old's attention?
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    I thought I was in the same camp as you ... but this is something I hadn't considered. If you don't have a safe target but too far for a shout to be effective? Maybe a warning shot could have a place in some situations. I'm interested to see where people with more experience than I have to say.

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    Well, there was a feller in MI (IIRC) who fired his warning shot into the ground, to good effect.

    I think, were I to fire a warning shot, that might be the most prudent option...

    But then depending on locale, the ground might be sufficiently frozen solid to effect a ricochet.

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    A well aimes shot to this guys critical areas would have had the same effect, and the world would be better off. Warning shots serve no real purpose, ever.
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