Armed Robber Counter-Ambushed At Animal Hospital

I’m not sure why this armed robber tries to rob an animal hospital of all places.  Fortunately, there is an off-duty officer there who decides to launch a counter-ambush.  Would you?



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What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed robber?


  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown.


  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched.


  1. Firearm retention is an important skill to have as a self-defender. In a real-life defensive encounter it is quite possible for an attacker to have the opportunity to try to take your firearm from you, so training in firearm retention is critical for every firearm carrier. (even CCW holders) If you are open carrying your firearm, I can’t say enough that I recommend a holster with active retention and a passive release ( is the only one I recommend). But having a retention holster does NOT mean you can ignore good training on keeping your firearm from being taken.


  1. Firearm retention is not just passive; it must be active as well. Your retention holster CAN be defeated and WILL be defeated eventually by someone trying to get it, so having firearm retention skills is critical for anyone who carries a firearm, and open carriers in particular. This takes competent training from a competent professional.


  1. Fights are physically demanding. Sure, a pure gunfight might last 10 seconds and not place a huge burden on you physically, but the vast majority of encounters we see here at ASP involve physical self-defense as well. Getting into a honest-to-goodness fight with someone is incredibly physically demanding, so being physically fit is an important part of maximizing your chances to protect yourself. Fit people are harder to beat and harder to kill!


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(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at




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