I went to a CCW class that was run by the Sheriff office. It was more for public relation than anything else. The thinking is, if we used our own weapons and screwed up and haven’t attended HIS class then we are left out to dry! But if we did use our weapon and everything comes out right and have attended HIS class then he can use it for PR. “My deputies have attended MY CCW class and have qualified with their private own weapons. See how good I look.” LOL (In Florida Leos and corrections officers can carry without a CCW permit and MANY don’t have a permit other then their badge.)
Anyway the LT that was given the class told us of an off duty Leo who was someplace (can’t remember where) and a really BIG fight broke out. Two other officers came up on the scene and the first guy who was off duty for some dumb reason pulled his weapon and shot it into the air. I guess he did it to make the people stop fighting, much like in the old cowboy movies. But it didn’t really work out that way. The other two officers shot him dead right then on the spot!
Also I do not believe in a warning shot. It can and WILL land you in jail!
1. Pulling a weapon out
2. Firing a weapon
3. If it is in a dwelling then you are charge with the bullet going through the air in a dwelling.
All for what? Do not do a warning shot! The BG could run away and call the POPO and tell them that you pulled your weapon for no reason and fired at him. The POPO (cops) stop you and sure enough they find your handgun that smells as if has been fired.
Can you say Felonies? Your new roommate named Big Mac will be glad to show you why the other inmates call him BIG Mac!
Do not do a warning shot because you are only asking for big trouble! If you must fire a round then hit center mass!
If I ever have to present my weapon in a threatning situation, the BG will have two choices: jail or the morgue. I would never fire a warning shot.
Never, ever, fire warning shots!
+1. Except I can't think of any circumstance that I would fire a warning shot. If the presentation of my weapon doesn't stop their behavior that caused me to draw, I'm not giving any warning besides a verbal one. After that, it's COM.
Originally Posted by OPFOR
What goes up must come down. No.
The only warning I'll give...is to stay out of Orlando at night...:rofl:
Originally Posted by GHFLRLTD
The only warning I would give is a verbal warning to STOP. If he continues on, it is time for one shot, center mass.
Maybe a warning shot aimed COM to stop the threat lol.
The only way I am firing a warning shot is if the first one misses. That would be the warning shot.
I would never fire a warning shot. If there is time for that there is time to walk away.
I would never ever under any circumstance fire a warning shot. If the guy needs to be warned while advancing towards a drawn gun, a warning isn't going to do any good. In most circumstances there won't be time. Like someone else said - its for the Navy only. My shots will go in the body not down the street.
Never - for all the excellent reasons given up 'till now...
Say it once, say it a million times..
No warning shots.
1. As stated, you are responsible for every round that leaves your muzzle.
2. You may not have control over exactly what your bullet may hit.
3. Moving your muzzle off of your target gives him the opportunity to move and do something unexpected (such as disarming you) and because you're no longer covering him because you are wasting time pointing your gun away from your target.
Let me say that this is a smart man's best hope. Get him to point the gun somewhere else where you can move in and either attack or disarm.
Don't risk it. Keep the guy covered. Stop him if necessary.
If the situation is such that you feel it necessary to draw you weapon, that is all the warning the BG gets. He/she/they backs off or they get shot.
The only warning shot is the first one fired. If it doesn't kill/stop the BG, keep shooting till they stop.
A warning shot puts you in legal jeapordy - where is that bullet going to land. It also puts you in jeapordy with the BG. You have just let him know you are not completely prepared to shooting him.