Thought I'd have to draw tonight
I live in a low crime portion of south western Cincinnati, and I like living here.
I was working on my speech for next weekend, and decided to take a well deserved break and take a walk around the neighborhood. Yes, it was late at night, but I had done it many times before without thinking or conflict about it.
Tonight I was glad I was prepared. I was about 1/3 of the way though and got thirsty, and stopped in to SpeedWay to get a bottle of water. On the way out and about 1/2 a block away is a bus stop, and a guy sitting there waiting and on his phone.
This is unusual for 2 reasons: No bus goes on that route at night. He has 3 bags with him, and looks to be in his early 20's and out of school, and did NOT look like the kind pursuing a future outside of the streets.
Walking on the other side wasn't much of an option, I didn't see him until I was within 10' of him due to the landscaping in the grass where he was waiting. As soon as I passed, he asked to "holla at me quick". I don't know what that means, but I simply said "no sir." He stood up and started following me asking me what my problem was and if I was "goin to a patay o sumfin".
By this point I had been able to keep 15 feet easily from him, and he started to pick up the pace towards me after I had told him to back off and walk away multiple times. I don't remember exactly what he said, but he wasn't happy and started walking extremely fast and put his hand in his pocket.
This is the first time since carrying (or before, actually) that I've had anything like this happen. I put my hand on my grip and told him to walk away unless he wants to discover I don't play games. He turned and ran, way way past the bags where he was sitting before.
Thankfully I didn't have to shoot anybody, or even draw. But damn was I glad to have a gun on me tonight.
Very Important Statement Here!
Originally Posted by jeep45238
This statement vividly illustrates the reason we do not want to make a lot of statements to police until you've spoken with your attorney and had a period of time to decompress and gain your composure!
Most police investigators worth their salt knows full well that your statements in the immediate aftermath of a shooting is NOT going to be an accurate reflection of what just happened. Time frames, distance, and any number of other facts are going to be distorted and inaccurate immediately following a deadly force encounter.
Still, they want to press you for answers and get you locked into a statement whether it is accurate or not.
Don't let them brow beat you into making statements without consulting with an attorney.
It's ok to point out potential witnesses, any evidence that may help your case before it disappears (any empty shell casings the wind may blow away causing it to be lost) and that you were "in fear of your life" or "he forced you to defend yourself"... but other than that, Shut Up!