Got a question for those who have educated opinions...
First of all, my parents live in a SC neighborhood that has gotten a little shabby over the years. The kids raised in the neighborhood that were babies when I was in Jr. High School have all grown up and are worse than the generation before them. Just last year an older couple that lived around the corner from my parents' house were brutally murdered by a knife wielding 17 year old. More recently -- An event that hits closer to my scenario -- A next door neighbor's nephew went to someone's house with an AK-47 (an illegal one) and opened fire on a group of boys in their front yard. He missed the thugs he was shooting at and ended up shooting through a mobile home injuring a man and killing his wife and daughter.
With that foundation laid, I wanted to share a situation I found myself in yesterday. I was at my parents' house with my children and heard yelling outside in the next door neighbor's yard. I opened the door to see a very aggressive man walking down the road in front of the house away from the neighbor's house yelling violent threats, implying that he "Had something for them" and that he would come back with a few others to show that he was serious. Of course that was laced with words I don't utilize in my own vocabulary.
Now, my first instinct is usually to call the police in order to prevent the situation, but the response time of the police department in this county is 45 minutes to an hour if they come at all. I was involved in an attempted home invasion when I was 16 and the police didn't come to our house until the next day to get a report, so I'm not relying on calling 911 to prevent anything.
That leads me to my actual question. The situation was resolved without any further threats of violence and the parties involved actually talked it out. However, if it had not been resolved, if he would have come back to wage war on the next door neighbor whose house is 10 yards away from my parents' house, what would have been the appropriate way for me to respond? Everyone is on edge in the community because of the "Missed Shots" that I spoke of earlier that killed innocent people in another home. I had access to a number of my father's home defense long guns such as a legal AK-47, shotguns, and a couple of rifles. Put it in your court; with little possibility of fleeing to another location, would you fire on the threat to prevent the possibility of stray rounds hitting your home and harming your family? If you are an LEO, how could you lawfully respond to that situation?