This is not new material - just considering again our potential headaches at times!
We are all I am sure very aware that if something were to go down, we would certainly want the cops to know, preferably in advance, that we were the good guy. We discussed that on a thread not so long ago.
The other thing that comes up tho is - if we as the good guy observe another good guy (could be one us) doing what he has to do. How the heck in a very short space of time can we make the right decision - we are in the same boat as a cop in some ways.
We hear gunfire close by - and probably will seek cover but - having seen two parties obviously shooting it out - has the good guy ''won'' or is that the good guy on the ground with the bad guy still standing??
Turn this around too - we the good guy have just dealt with a bad guy successfully and are only seconds later seen by another good guy (one of us!) - how does one party correctly ID the other. Might a second gun arriving be another BG - or one of us?
I am not seeing right now any surefire way of guaranteeing the exact correct decision in all cases of this type and would appreciate input and discussion. To me this could be a very real dilemma although ''perceived threat'' could be vital - but two sides can see perceived threat!!!!