Frankly, i have medical conditions which the stress of such an event means I should be checked in an ER; even someone with perfect health, I can't imagine not going to a hospital for bad symptoms of anxiety, disorientation, feeling faint etc after such an event - maybe being checked for wounds I and the police are unaware of. I'm not stripped naked and they are not doctors. I would say this is a necessity especially if the assailant fired any shots or came into close contact to you with a knife. Shock can hide serious injury. Someone I know was shot twice with a .22, took him a few minutes to even realize it, and only because he felt a liquid on his abdominal area: when he looked it was blood all over the place. If he happened not to have felt that, he could have bled out. He almost did anyway before he finally called 911 and first responders arrived. By then they found him unconscious.
TMI!... There is no reason to tell the police about any medical, or emotional issues in your background. Of course seek medical attention if you really need it. But sharing this kind of information could backfire if you have the bad luck of your investigation being assigned to a lazy, or politically oppoased investigator, or states attorney.
This mostly depends on the jurisdiction. And there are serious consiquences when an Officer refuses to speak. Sometimes there may be a contractual agreement with the PBA, FOP, or other union and the employer department. No contractual agreement can trump a criminal law, or criminal procedural law, coronors jury, or grand jury.
As I have been on boths sides of investigating a police shooting. I never refused to make a simple statement. And each time My PBA attorney strongly suggested I make such a statement. That whole 24 hr to make a statement is used when there may be a problem with the shooting, giving the Officer or department some time. As a non police officer everyone has the same right to refuse to make a statement for 24 hours, 48 hours...or as long as you like.
One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the reason for pointing out the evidence, witnesses, etc. From what I recall reading, the point is that when the police arrive, doing these things gives them a direction and starting point for the investigation, one that is hopefully going in the direction you want. The idea is that it is better to do this than to take the chance that they will start off in a bad direction and miss vital evidence. While you can't control the investigation, you can try to get it started in a positive way. Then shut up.
Also remember, while your attacker may be a piece of dirt, the police are likely to see them having the same rights as you, which you just deprived them of.
Take some thing like an accident. I laying out on the road banged up good. EMT fire department over me, doing what they can.
LEO. First question not have you but how much you been drinking,How fast were you going, where were you going. LEO was not a bit concerned about much more than what he could pin on me. I was not drinking I don't ever, I was on my way home from work what does that madder.
In his credit he did secure my weapon and turn it over to my wife.
But in the end he is a new age LEO. They are not servants or protectors of the public in any way.
Once again say nothing you are now the bad guy no madder why you had to do it.
I won't say a thing. I'll tell them that I will answer all of their questions the next day with my attorney present and after I've spoken to him first.
83 yr. old woman shot dead by poilce - YouTube ... a video report
Unfortunate. Not sure what that has to do with the OP
You don't buy a house without an attorney, when you might have a Murder charge staring you in the face, well.... figure it out.