September 7th, 2007 03:33 PM
I scare myself, thought process after an incident
Some might have noticed I have been scarce around here for a few weeks... I've been busy. I got myself wrapped up in a situation at work, everyone came out OK, except a BG.
Anyway, I've noticed myself being slightly edgy, and I got a story to tell. Perhaps I shouldn't, because it tells on myself, and illustrates a huge (but funny) mistake I made in the days after a shooting. This is the real reason I will even tell the story, maybe it will help some of you guys understand what happens after a shooting, and get a good laugh at me too.
Here it goes.
A few nights ago, I just got home from my first day back at work and took my puppy out to do what pups do best before I went to bed. Now I live in a typical modern subdivision, most lots are about an 1/2 to 3/4 of acre or so.
My next door neighbors had their back porch light on, I've never seen it on before. So, as I waited on the pup to do his thing, I was paying attention (looking out for) my neighbors, and thinking how odd it was for that light to be on.
The pup being a pup wanted to play after he lost some weight, so I began to run around the yard with him a little bit. (Keep in mind this is 2am)
As I rounded the corner on the opposite side of my back yard, I saw a man move in between the houses, and he stopped and crouched down. I knew he had the advantage because I was basked in light from the other neighbors house, so I drew and kept at a low ready.
It seemed like an hour before I decided my next move, but really it was about a half second. As I shuffled out of the cone of light, I saw the silhouette of my puppy heading right towards the man.
I then realized my mistake... I heard the instructors and others who have "seen the elephant" who have ever said anything about the aftermath of a critical incident, PTSD or whatever you want to call it this week.
I was chasing my own shadow. I didn't realize that when the "man" crouched down, thats what I did instinctively. Funny how ones mind deals with stuff. I have never had that happen before (chasing my own shadow) I guess this happened just right.
This wasn't my first critical incident either. I've been involved in others, both as an LEO and a soldier.
Anyway, go ahead and laugh, (I'm making fun of myself over it!) but I hope it helps some understand the aftermath of a incident.
September 7th, 2007 03:50 PM
actually i wanna give you props on being vigilant and looking out for your neighbors. It was 2am and i'm sure you were beat.
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September 7th, 2007 03:56 PM
Chasing your shadow is fine on occasion, just so long as you didn't try to box with it
September 7th, 2007 04:01 PM
I am glad you didn't shoot!!! LOL, you got quevos to admit you drew on your shadow, but I think the truth be known we have all done stuff like that. Glad it turned out okay.
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September 7th, 2007 04:32 PM
Yeah, I thought long and hard before telling the story, but I thought it might help somebody understand part of the mental process you go through after being involved in an critical incident. It was a new experiance for me. I've heard others talk about it, but its never happened to me before.
Originally Posted by NCHornet
And, I never came close to shooting. The whole thing took place in about 2 seconds.
September 7th, 2007 05:02 PM
Humm sounds like Peter Pan syndrome to me.
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September 7th, 2007 05:06 PM
6 oclock news.... Home owner has shoot out with his shadow.
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September 7th, 2007 05:08 PM
Glad it turned out well SIXTO. Also glad to see you back here. I had noticed you not being around much for a little while.
Maybe at some future point, you will be able to tell us about the incident that kept you away from here for a while. I know I'd like to hear about it.
September 7th, 2007 05:25 PM
as it should be.
everyone came out OK, except a BG.
Hope all continues to go well....
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September 7th, 2007 05:31 PM
Good story and good reaction time. Nothing wrong with it at all, in fact it tells me you're on your toes.
A long time ago, when I was a kid, our next door neighbor was in his kitchen. It was late at night and he heard a noise in his backyard and decided to peep through the venetian blinds. He opened himself a little slit with his finger and looked through and immediately saw a face and pair of eyes looking right back at him. He was so surprised that he ran backwards and tore up some stuff in his kitchen. The eyes looking back at him were his own, in the glass reflection !
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September 7th, 2007 05:55 PM
Originally Posted by TN_Mike
Oh! That wasn't the incident???
(I knew that!)
Equally glad for you!
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September 7th, 2007 06:04 PM
Good Job. Just be glad your neighbor didn't have any full lenght mirrors in his yard. LOL. You actually did very well, identifying before shooting.
September 7th, 2007 07:43 PM
Oh no. The "incident" took place four days prior. I refer to it only as the "incident" because of legal issues. The point of me telling the story I did was to illustrate part of what happens to a person in the days after a shooting.
Originally Posted by xercise2nd
September 7th, 2007 09:17 PM
Glad you're OK, Sixto. Good luck with all the "other stuff" too. Good story, BTW!
September 7th, 2007 09:31 PM
Glad all worked out for you on this one sixto, . . . I can attest that it can be funny later, . . . but at the time, it IS NOT FUNNY.
I almost took my .38 Colt to my prize motorcycle a number of years ago, . . . funny now, . . . sure was not then.
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