911 Operator Tells Homeowner to Put Her Gun Away ??

911 Operator Tells Homeowner to Put Her Gun Away ??

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    911 Operator Tells Homeowner to Put Her Gun Away ??

    I was checking my local police blotter when I came across an incident that took place two weeks ago.

    A woman called 911, reporting that a bedraggled looking stranger had opened her outside screen door, and was turning the knob of her main front door, which was locked, in an effort to open it. The lady told the operator that she was frightened, and that she had armed herself for her protection.

    The 911 operator instructed the homeowner to immediately put her gun away, and wait for officers to handle the situation. When officers arrived, they found a highly intoxicated man on her doorstep. Finding no existing warrants for the man, they transported him to a substance abuse treatment center.

    Was the 911 operator correct to tell the woman to put her gun away? If you were in a similar situation, would you put your gun away before the police arrived on the scene??

    It turned out in this case that the man posed no threat, and was badly drunk. But what if he had turned out to been dangerous?

    On the other hand, what if she had panicked, and then shot the trespasser?

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    Its sounds to me that the 911 operator was more concerned with the safety of the stranger and the officers responding than the person calling. No way I would have put my weapon down until the threat was gone.

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    No.
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    What if he was dangerous?
    We would be one less tresspasser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    No.
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    What if he was dangerous?
    We would be one less tresspasser.
    What he said!
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    Bad 911 advice, IMHO.
    Stay armed...call 911...protect yourself and family from any threats by being prepared to end a 'threat'...wait for the cops...stay safe!
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    Until LEOs are on scene I would stay armed and on the phone with 911 operator. Only after the LEOs arrive would I secure my weapon. Telling her to put away her weapon may have resulted in a dead homeowner.
    When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
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    "Operator, I didn't ask for your opinion or advice on what to do with my handgun. I called you to have the police come to my residence as soon as possible. Please do your job."
    A CCW is like a parachute; if you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.

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    I agree with the above posts. The only reason even close to acceptable is that the dispatcher had a broadcast ETA from the unit of thirty seconds or less.
    "I do what I do." Cpl 'coach' Bowden, "Southern Comfort".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    I agree with the above posts. The only reason even close to acceptable is that the dispatcher had a broadcast ETA from the unit of thirty seconds or less.
    An entire family can be killed in less than 30 seconds.
    A CCW is like a parachute; if you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.

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    Not disputed. Read my response carefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    Not disputed. Read my response carefully.
    Maybe I'm misunderstanding. If the LEOs tell the dispatcher that they will be at the house in less than 30 seconds, so the dispatcher tells the homeowner, "put your gun away; they are less than 30 seconds away..." Homeowner puts gun away, then BG seizes that opportunity... did I misunderstand?
    A CCW is like a parachute; if you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.

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    I don't call 911 for advice. I call for help. I could care less what they have to say until it's, "Sir, the knock at your door is one of our officers." I learned long ago that someone will establish control of a phone call like that in the first few seconds. It will be me. Some folks are looking to be told what to do. I'm just not that type of person when it's me or mine on the line.
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    I would like to hear the tape. We don't know the state of mind that the caller was in. She may have been panicked to a point that she posed a real threat.
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    "The only reason even close to acceptable...."
    That does not say that that is an acceptable reason, just, possibly close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    "The only reason even close to acceptable...."
    That does not say that that is an acceptable reason, just, possibly close.
    I overlooked that. My apologies.
    A CCW is like a parachute; if you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.

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