This is a discussion on Informing the dispatcher - a scenario within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have been pondering this somewhat and do not recall (neither do my notes cover) what my instructor said regarding the information I require, so ...
I have been pondering this somewhat and do not recall (neither do my notes cover) what my instructor said regarding the information I require, so I present it to the forum:
You are forced to draw your weapon on an assailant. They cease their hostilities and follow your order to drop their weapon and lie face down on the ground. You tell someone to call 911, but what do they tell the dispatcher to notify the responding LEOs that you are not the criminal?
A good physical description (male/female, height weight, clothing, etc), possibly a name (inform dispatch that you have a permit and are holding the BG at gunpoint) and stay on the phone with dispatch. When police arrive comply with their instructions, promptly.
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Sounds good, thanks guys.
I figured a description and notification of my CPL would suffice, but wanted to verify that I was not missing something obvious that I should be including.
Mike1956 nailed it.
Even so, be prepared to follow officers instructions to the letter. You dont want to take a chance that the dispatchers gave them the proper information because sometimes they dont, and its all open to interpretation by all parties involved.
The responding officers may tell you to drop the gun and get on the ground to secure the scene...or whatever.
If they do that, just do what they say and let them sort it all out later.
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They need to describe you really.
All good advice. One thing to add is where you and the BG are located on property. Back yard, left side of house, inside of the fence etc. Don't be offended if the Police direct you to lay your weapon on the ground, step back or asked to lay on the ground untill they sort things out. This is an extremely dangerous situation for everyone involved.
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Make sure you tell them you have a CCW Badge.....This part is extremely important!
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Be specific but simple: "You! Call 911 and tell them I was attacked. The bad guy is on the ground at gun point".
Don't say anything you wouldn't want repeated to the cops, and keep track of any weapon the bad guy has dropped.
you said B/G complied with your orders. Get out of view of the bad guy and re holster, keep you hands where the police can see them when they arrive.
inform the 911 oper. that b/g has complied and is face down on the ground. stay on line with operator till police arrive.
(with your gun in holster the officers should feel a little at ease.)
I said "Get out of view of the bad guy and re holster" that does not mean he knows you re holstered. If he drops his weapon, and complies with your order to get on the ground and remain still, then he is not a threat to your life at this time. my time to draw from a holster is far faster then any action he may take (at this point) that would endanger my life.
But If you feel there is still a threat to your life, keep the gun out and pointed at the threat. I will do the same if I still feel there is a threat.