Please note that I am not advocating anything illegal. I am just presenting a scenario here and would like some opinions.
As much as many of us have had training and thought through some of these responses, we are not in the trenches as LEOs or criminals are so these are not every day occurrences for us. We will make mistakes and that is kind of what I am presenting here.
Enough of the disclaimer. That should prevent me from getting another warning. Here is the scenario.
You are walking down the street by yourself. It is later so there is no one else around. Why are you doing this? Who knows. Maybe you just got off of work of the swing shift, or a restaurant worker and you are heading to your car to go home. But as you are walking down the street, you get approached by someone who asks if you have a cigarette. You have read enough of these posts to suspect that this is not a good situation. You step back and in a commanding voice tell the “gentleman” you don’t and to leave you alone. At this point he pulls a knife and “requests” your money. You had your hand in your pocket on your gun and you draw and point. You then repeat your command to back off. The guy runs away.
I would probably be cleaning up my pants right now, but somehow you remain composed enough to high tail out of there. You are shaking, adrenaline rush, only thinking that you want to get out of there. You run to your car, start it and drive home.
You get home and try to calm down. As you are thinking through what just happened, you realized that you should have called 9-1-1 but didn’t. It is several hours later, late at night, so you just decide not to. The incident is over and everyone went home alive. You try to get some sleep.
In two days you get a visit from your friendly LEO. Apparently the would be mugger did call the police and reported that he was walking down the street, minding his own business and some nut job started waving this gun in his face. It turns out that the mugger watched you go to your car, took down your license number and phoned you in.
So the question I have is this. Assuming there were no other witnesses and no video surveillance going on (if there were, it would have shown the mugging taking place) wouldn’t it be his word against yours? You could explain what went on, of course, but if you just refused to talk to the officer (see previous thread about talking to police) there really is no evidence that you did anything. How could they charge you with anything? What would be the best course of action here?