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Yes, call the police and tell them what happened.
No, get in your car and drive away.
Some other option?
April 28th, 2006 02:35 AM
Well, that just bites. :)
April 28th, 2006 06:25 AM
I would also add that the police already have you on record as having a permit to carry, since they're the ones who hand them out. You have nothing to lose by reporting that you had to pull your gun.
Originally Posted by srfl
April 28th, 2006 06:56 AM
Depends on the situation.
If bg never saw the gun as happened to me a while back, hell no.
1. Keep mouth shut
2. Have good attorney available
3. Keep mouth shut
4. Keep mouth shut
April 28th, 2006 08:13 AM
Those sound like instructions when dealing with Broward's Sheriffs Office!
Originally Posted by soflasmg
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
April 28th, 2006 09:35 AM
I would give LEO a call. I doubt the bad guy will report anything anyway.
The report will cover you if someone unseen to you were to call the cops and say that there was a man with a gun in the parking lot. This may also help you if, the following night this stalker decides to try this again and jump you, and you do end up drawing your gun and blowing his head off. You would have documentation on file of the previous incident.
April 28th, 2006 09:47 AM
Absolutely call LE. Usually they treat the first caller as the victim.
"yeah, some crazy lunatic pulled a gun on me. He looks like .... He drove off and his car is .... with LP#...."
"Some guy tried to mug me with a bat. I drew my pistol to defend myself and he ran off. I am licensed to carry a firearm. He looks like..... I saw him run off in ..... direction. Can you send an officer over to my location right away?"
Betcha LE would like the second senario.
They will also appreciate your honesty.
April 28th, 2006 07:48 PM
Would I draw my weapon...
Sure is a scary and realistic scenario. This could happen at the local Stuff MART. There is one important thing to remember...as a legaly armed citizen, you have three things that you must do and in this order;
1. flee and call LE. Yes, even though your .357 is tucked in your belt! You are not LE and are not trained (in the judges eyes) to handle this situation.
2. if you cannot flee, take cover and wait until LE arrives (cell phones could come in handy here)
3. only under threat of death to you, a loved one or a hostage do you draw a weapon
This is not imagination. This is what a good firearms instruction manual will tell you. If you shoot, there may be some states that will ask your name and simply clean up the mess. Not in mine, unfortunately.
Now, if this person tries to evade and the bg insists on following, you have done step one. Perhaps returning to the store is possible to call LE...meeting step two requirement. If not, facing off the bg may be the only option because getting into your car keeps your hands busy while he has a chance to draw. Car fenders are good for hiding behind but not stopping bullets.
I would make my weapon visible, release the thumbreak and look for a good position (from cover if possible) to shot from (thinking of innocents around the area).
At this point I would make sure he can hear me warn him in some very loud, rude and fowl way that I will draw my weapon if he continues.
Standing firm and being loud and rude is very distracting to a bg. It says you are not afraid, are not going be pushed around and attracks a lot of attention from other people in the area. This may be enough to make him come to his scenses. (If he has any to begin with.)
Statistics (proven, police under fire type) show that 9 out of 10 times that you get to this point and display your handgun, the bg will show his true colors and run. Don't base the final outcome on final statistics, however. At this point you must be prepared to shot defensively and quickly.
April 28th, 2006 08:39 PM
I work in law enforcement and would always call. I will place my record up aginist any bad guys anytime. The reason I decided to carry in the first place was a parking lot incident at 2 am where a person got behind me and as I turned around from loading the trunk I was looking at a mex male about 3 feet away with his hand in his pocket and he said "give me money". I had my keys and pepper spray in my hand and I gave it a shake and pointed it at him and told him to get back. He stood his ground and I made a motion in his direction and for some reason he turned and fled. I am a big guy but was sure I would not be in this position again and be unarmed. I was in "My" city and felt safe and let my guard down. That also will never happen again. Always call if you display your weapon, that puts you in control of whats being reported.
Philip L. McCleary
Security via CCW
and a lot of practice
Dispatchers have the best jobs
we tell the police where to go and they have
to do it. Policy manual says so.
April 29th, 2006 09:10 AM
As a former LEO, I vote to call. I would hope that in your area, as in mine, you would be looked upon as taking lawful action to protect yourself. If you live in an area with different attitudes I might consider moving.
This is my weapon, there are many like it but this one is mine. My weapon is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I have mastered My life. ...
April 29th, 2006 09:23 AM
One of the main reasons I carry is to be proactive, not reactive. For the same reason, I would call the police and notify them---being proactive. I would hate to have a knock on my door for something like this, when it could have been prevented.
--people ask why I carry, and I show them this picture. I think it says it all.--
NRA Certified Instructor--many disciplines
April 29th, 2006 09:41 AM
i'd call to let them know what happened. not only to cover my butt, but to let them know another misunderstood, abused by society, misguided soul is out there looking for help.
i tried not to laugh at the last part, it didn't work.
May 1st, 2006 06:40 PM
2 different back guys were caught by 2 different ccw holders or they helped catch the bad guys when they reported to the cops they had pulled there gun ...
In both cases with in 45 mins of the ccw holder reporting the attempted jacking the bad guy showed up at the police station and reported they were mugged by the ccw holders after a hour or so back ground check etc and finding the car jackers came up with sheets and getting stop light camera footage both jackers were arrested
SO yep ill let the fuzz know
May 1st, 2006 07:16 PM
First, call a criminal lawyer that you trust
Then call the cops if he so recommends.
You might also consider making yourself scarce in the event the some bureaucrat decides to make you the bad guy and arrest you in front of your family for defending yourself.
June 1st, 2006 01:03 AM
call so you'll be on record to CYA, you never know who or what is watching you, as stated above...better for you to report and maybe catch this scumbag and prevent him from hurting someone else
....and it makes another report for the good guy's stats
Certified Glock Armorer
"I got a touch of hangover bureaucrat, don't push me"
Independence is declared; it must be maintained. Sam Houston-3/2/1836
If loose gun laws are good for criminals why do criminals support gun control?
June 1st, 2006 01:12 AM
As a prosecutor, I can say that often the first report, as has been indicated, puts the first perspective on an incident. Calling and reporting is not only a good idea, it can also document what this guy did to you. He may have completed a criminal act on someone else using the same mode of operation. Additional evidence that he tried to do it to someone else can help LE figure who may this guy is and what he is up to.
Also, LE is probably going to run criminal records on both you and the bad guy who is dumb enough to call in. Criminals that have advanced to that kind of crime 99 times out of hundred of a record of some sort that usually tells LE who is more likely to be telling the truth.
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