Close call with the cops this week
I had an interesting moment with the Portland cops this week. Thought it was worth mentioning here and maybe ask for some input.
My wife and I were up late Saturday night watching TV in a back room of our house. At 2:15AM my front doorbell rang. Nobody EVER comes to my home at that time of night, so I picked up my SR9c on the way to the front and made ready to open the door.
I had no outside lights on and the motion sensor light takes about 5 - 10 seconds to fire up when it is first flipped on, so I was looking at a darkened outside. I decided not to turn on inside lights before I answered the door in order not to present a silhouette to any potential attacker when the door opened.
Turns out that my front door area and driveway was crawling with Portland cops. Luckily for me, a cop just arrived as I was about to open the door with my pistol. He had his red/blue lights going when he drove up. Once I saw that I knew that the cops were outside and not some home invader. I was able to safe my gun and put it aside before opening the door.
The cops were at my house because someone had stolen a Honda car, got chased by the cops, ditched it in my driveway, and took off on foot through my back yard. I hadn't heard a thing until the doorbell rang.
The cops were pretty cool about the whole thing and took care of the stolen car right away. Somehow I forgot to mention to any of them that I had a gun when I was coming to the door.
What I got to wondering about was what might have happened if I still had my weapon in my hand when I opened the door.