Book Store Scenario Revised
(Mods, I didn't want to derail the original thread, but if you think it's best to merge the two, feel free.)
I was reading the "Book Store" thread and it made me think of different ways it could play out. Here's a scenario:
Let's say you're an employee at some type of smaller retail store. Company policy says employee's cannot be armed, but it's not against the law for you to do so. You do carry because it's worth it to you. It's closing time, but there's still a few customers finishing up their shopping. This is quite normal so you don't think anything of it. You're in the corner of the store stocking and arranging shelves when your co-worker locks the door so no more customers come in. This is a common practice at all kinds of stores and restaurants.
As soon as your co-worker does so, one of the customers pulls out a gun, shoots a hole in the ceiling, and starts making demands. He demands everyone goes into the back room and to hand over their wallets/phones/jewelry/etc. Lucky for you, you're still unnoticed in the corner of the store. You dial 9-1-1 and tell the operator the store is being robbed.
Also, while he's trying to get into the register, he threatens the manager and tells her that he'll kill her if she doesn't get the register open quickly. She's also 6 months pregnant.
Now do you: Stay hidden in the corner and hope you're not discovered? Try to make a break for the exit while he's distracted? If a clear shot is possible with a "safe" backdrop, do you try and take him out?
The reason I bring it up is because I often see "Call 9-1-1 and be a good witness." And while I can agree with this advice in some/most situations, what if your co-worker's lives are being threatened? I mean, these co-workers are good friends. Especially if one is pregnant. If you can eliminate the threat without putting yourself or any innocent bi-standers at risk, would you try to?