Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This part we will discuss the first contact with the first responders. And there will be first responders. Some Walter Mitty types on the internet have a fantasy of defending themselves, or killing an active shooter, and then disappearing into the mist, unidentified. Not only will that be very difficult to do given modern responses to such events, but somebody somewhere undoubtedly got a video of it. Fail to make purposeful contact with the first responders, and you will be identified as an armed killer on the loose with every young officer out to make a name for himself likely to shoot you on sight. So, first contact must be made. Here is how you set the stage for success.

1). As soon as it is safe and practical, you need to call the 911 system. You, not your wife or your kid, or the poor bystander you commandeered into helping you. You need to do it, and it is the first phone call you need to make because you can bet others are calling on what they saw. But note, as soon as it is safe and practical. If it is not safe, you may need to get someplace safe first. That is perfectly acceptable. Your call does not need to be the first the police receive, but they do need to receive it. They are coming and it is incumbent on you that they have the best information so they treat the event as it truly was and not as they might think it is.

2). The first call. You need to control yourself.
It has always been a common expected trait of adults to control themselves so ignore immediately anyone that tells you you will not be able to do so. That doesn't mean it will be shorn of any emotion or excitement. Certainly your words must be genuine, but emotional outbursts never help anyone get their message across.

3). Your conversation with the 911 operator should have the framework already established. And it will be a conversation. many people think they will make a canned statement filled with magic key words whereupon neither dispatchers or officers will ask anything else and the entire event will freeze until your attorney descends on a cloud. It doesn't work that way. Set the frame work of your words and conversation beforehand using the Flowchart Of Justified Deadly Force.

4). Your words will establish your victim status.
The framework should involve what happened, who you are, and establish initially and many subsequent times subsequent to that, that you are the victim. There are ways to accomplish this without seeming contrived or false. Something like, "Hello...two gang members just tried to kill me. They tried to steal my car at gunpoint and I thought they were going to kill me. My name is....". That is a good way to set the tone and your role in the event.

5). Your words will include the following points. They may be prompted by a question from the call taker. Transmit in short bursts, not a long drawn out diatribe. It should be a conversation and not a monologue.

a). What happened - this should detail what the bad guys tried to do. Note the subtle difference between "I was just in a shooting" and "Two gang members just tried to kill me". Wield words like you wield your weapons, with class, skill and dexterity.

b). Who and where you are - They likely already know the where in general, but tell them you have taken cover behind the black Tahoe at the end of the lot..."because you were afraid they were going to come after you". Identify yourself by name. Then describe yourself physically. And again, it should be genuine so practice it. "Hey guys listen...I am the victim...please tell the officers that I am no threat to them. I am a male white, fifties, 6 feet and 190 pounds. I am wearing a blue shirt and tan pants. I am a victim." Keep stating the obvious and it will be transmitted and accepted.

The mission of the call taker is to get as much information for the responding officers as possible so that they can arrive, secure and resolve the event safely. They do not want to shoot a good guy anymore than you want to shoot a police officer. But this is a tense situation and the call taker may or may not be skilled. If an important bit of information is not asked for, like your physical description, be sure to volunteer it. Remember that the more information the responding units have about the reality of the event and your role, the safer it will be for you a well.

7). First Contact with the first responders.
Hopefully by now, you have made multiple micro statements about your victim status and the preliminary information received by other means is supportive of that fact. Coupled with your self-provided description and nutshell description of what the bad guys did, the responding officers are forming an opinion abou the situation. When they arrive, it is all very simple. First point is don't have the pistol pointed at them, or held in an aggressive manner. Whether you holster or not is a point of debate. I carry appendix and am very fit so holstering is very easy to do. I would most likely have holstered before the police arrive. Second point is do as you are told. This is not the time to discuss your rights. This is the time for them to control and secure everything, including you. They are good at this and the less compliant you are, the more forceful they will be.

That is how you do it. To become very skilled and able at this sort of thing, take a look at the Killing Within The Law series we teach. The next class is in Prescott, AZ in August.

Next Time - The Secrets: Winning The Aftermath - Part 3

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