My silly thought about LEOS versus GGs holding BGs at gunpoint

My silly thought about LEOS versus GGs holding BGs at gunpoint

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    My silly thought about LEOS versus GGs holding BGs at gunpoint

    This could have gone in defensive scenarios or LEO discussion but it deserves a broader audience.

    We all agree that holding a BG at gunpoint when the LEOs show up may get us shot. Not arguing that point.

    But why? Are LEOs that full of the Koolaid that they truly believe all guns are bad guns when they arrive at a shooting? Sadly, this is true quite often as evidenced by some of the news stories that are collected here. I understand wanting to control the scene, and of course a loose weapon is uncontrolled, but is the big hammer approach really necessary?

    So lets reverse the scenario. How often, if ever, have LEOs arrived on scene to find a BG holding someone at gunpoint? I would imagine that a BG would find a way to be unarmed or somewhere else if he knew the LEOs would be featuring him in their next dash cam death match cinematic release.

    Therefore would it not be reasonable to assume that an unknown actor holding another unknown actor at gun point is a GG or at least a wild card absent other factors? No need to go in guns blazing unless that armed person displays an overtly hostile and unprovoked act against LEOs or others.

    I'd like to hear what LEOs think about this.
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    I would think that the nature of the call would give some indication, "Citizen holding felon at gunpoint." Even absent that, no cops that I know would come in guns blazing, until they find out what is going on or get shot at. No doubt that they will want control of all weapons until they straighten things out, which would no doubt be orders to place all weapons on the ground.
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    Any assumption on who is good or who is bad is just that, an assumption. Disarming the armed people and then sort it out. Easier to make an informed decision on who is going to jail when threat of imminent death is off the table.

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    The best thing you can do in that situation, is follow all orders to the letter and quickly!
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    We have a set procedure at our house. If a BG gets in the house, my wife will be with the kids in the designated safe room (the Master bedroom) and she will call 911 and give them a description of me, what I am wearing and that i am armed. Hopefully this will help.

    She has joked that perhaps she should simply tell them that theres a dead guy in the front room and her husband is yelling at him. She cracks me up.
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    Deploy the sash, NOW!!!!!
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    Cops have disarmed plain clothes cops...Its not a gg vs bg issue..uniform cops prefer to be the only ones with the guns until the situation is determined...believe me if I am in an area where I don't know the officer arriving on the scene, my gun will not be in my hand for long when they get there..I have said this time and time again don't take this kind of thing personal and believe that you are being considered a bad guy..It is what it is...
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    I guess from the GG standpoint, not being a LEO that is, this is just one more reason for me to make sure I don't follow the advice of some folks about not giving any statements to the police etc.

    If you can't communicate effectively enough with the dispatcher to let them know who you are, the basics of what has happened along with descriptions, then in my view the call to 911 might simply be adding fuel to the fire.

    There are instances where LEO's have entered onto a scene and the BG still has a gun in hand and is holding innocent people at gun point. However in these scenarios the caller on the line to 911 will probably be saying that the guy with the gun is the BG. I certainly hope that LEO's responding to the scene of a call like that act somewhat differently than they do when they respond to a call about a defensive action and they person with the gun does everything requested of the LEO once on scene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    No need to go in guns blazing unless that armed person displays an overtly hostile and unprovoked act against LEOs or others.
    I can imagine some LEO tension/concern/confusion from the urgent call and sketchy information of shot's fired, MWAG in the shadows of a convenience store parking lot at 2 am. That would be a situation that you wouldn't want to let escalate.

    Years ago I was involved in the unanticipated situation of holding two guys at gun point, stretched out on the road, in the middle of a State Hwy, in the middle of the day. I was dressed in work clothes and driving a pickup. About 5 patrol cars rolled up at once, all of the officers headed straight for the two BG's. I remained in position until the officers had adequate physical control of them. When it was no longer necessary I walked over to my truck and put my shotgun inside the cab.

    No one "took me down," screamed at me, or indicated anything that made them think I might be a threat as well. These two BG's were loose and being actively searched for at the time (LEO's about a mile away), so I clearly didn't match the description of the two men they wanted. Due to the circumstances the LEO's instinctively knew who was who.
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    Body language,location, time of day, manner of dress, what information makes it through the dispatchers to the dispacted units, nature of the call and amount of time it took the officers to arrive on scene are all going to create variables.

    There is a subtle difference in body language expressed by a person who is protecting himself and a person who is an aggressor - it is NOT easy to pick up most of the time. I would submit that you have to weigh the odds, and do everything you can to create a picture for the arriving LEO's depicting you as the "good guy"

    Some of the things I would recomend:
    1) if you dress like a thug (insert other types of people commonly arrested) maybe you should change your personal appearance
    2) use your support hand by pointing your palm towards who ever you are holding at guard/gunpoint in a controlling, but non threatening manner
    3) dont point your weapon directly at them if the situation allows you - a low guard, weapons retention or low ready may be appropriate
    4) if you can holster safely before or as the police arrive, do so
    5) do what the uniformed officers tell you to, do it slowly and deliberately, DO NOT ARGUE.
    6) good luck.
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    Just a guess here, but I think it's rare that a BG holds a victim at gunpoint until the LEOs arrive. Just my thought.

    In the event I find it necessary to hold a BG at gunpoint (more likely) until the LEOs arrive, I'll gladly disarm and go facedown and let them assume responsibility for sorting out who is whom. I doubt they'll charge in, guns blazing, and try to figure out which body is the BG afterwards.
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    If you find yourself holding someone at gunpoint when the police arrive, remember, don't talk to the cops, ever! Make sure they know that you do not consent to a search and repeatedly ask if you are being detained.

    All kidding aside, My mom used to work as a dispatcher, so we have a few family friends who are police officers or retired police officers. To my knowledge, not a single one of them has had to shoot at someone. I find it hard to believe, in my area at least, that any of the police officers would come in guns blazing, considering I don't know one cop who has even had to shoot at a BG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    This could have gone in defensive scenarios or LEO discussion but it deserves a broader audience.

    We all agree that holding a BG at gunpoint when the LEOs show up may get us shot. Not arguing that point.

    But why? Are LEOs that full of the Koolaid that they truly believe all guns are bad guns when they arrive at a shooting? Sadly, this is true quite often as evidenced by some of the news stories that are collected here. I understand wanting to control the scene, and of course a loose weapon is uncontrolled, but is the big hammer approach really necessary?

    So lets reverse the scenario. How often, if ever, have LEOs arrived on scene to find a BG holding someone at gunpoint? I would imagine that a BG would find a way to be unarmed or somewhere else if he knew the LEOs would be featuring him in their next dash cam death match cinematic release.

    Therefore would it not be reasonable to assume that an unknown actor holding another unknown actor at gun point is a GG or at least a wild card absent other factors? No need to go in guns blazing unless that armed person displays an overtly hostile and unprovoked act against LEOs or others.

    I'd like to hear what LEOs think about this.
    It's not a question of belief it's the fact of adrenaline pounding through any human being when they see a gun out and pointed at someone else which could also shoot them in a half-second. It's a dangerous situation - play it smart. Get rid of the gun, on the ground, before cops arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamlet View Post
    It's not a question of belief it's the fact of adrenaline pounding through any human being when they see a gun out and pointed at someone else which could also shoot them in a half-second. It's a dangerous situation - play it smart. Get rid of the gun, on the ground, before cops arrive.
    Before you put your gun away it may be safest to to shoot the BG, if not you maybe should have left it holstered to begin with.
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    I'm not holding anyone at gunpoint. My job isn't to arrest, hold or question an intruder. My job is to protect myself and my family, and that's best done by getting the intruder out of my house as soon as possible. If I encounter an intruder inside my home I'll immediately order him to leave and if he doesn't, he'll wish he had. When the police arrive I'll give them a description and tell them which way he went.
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