Do you have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself at this kind of speed? At Active Self Protection we have great respect for Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) because we know that they have to make decisions like this officer involved shooting every day. These officers did what they had to in the moment, though of course the outcome is not what they wanted.
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What does this officer involved shooting teach LEO and CCW alike?
- In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This officer involved shooting shows a lot of lessons, but this is the most important in my mind.
- One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k in some detail). This officer involved shooting is clearly at a time of imminent threat to the officers, so imminence is met here. This is an important concept to master as self-defenders.
- If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. These officers worked together to stay out of one another’s line of fire and to work as a team to end the threat. While an officer involved shooting is never an officer’s desire, they train for this.
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This officer involved shooting wasn’t a knife fight because they put shots on target quickly, which was critical to ending the threat.
- In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. This officer involved shooting would have been MUCH worse if the officers had tried to hold their ground and fire rather than moving away from the threat.
- Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat. We are not vigilantes and we are not out to kill, we seek to stop the threat against us. Shooting to wound will not stop the threat reliably, and neither will shooting an attacker in an extremity. The only reliably means to stop an aggressor who means us death or grievous bodily harm is to put shots in the center of their available mass to cause nervous system collapse or bleeding out. (exsanguination is the technical term) It’s clear in the dash cam from this officer involved shooting that the officers stopped shooting when he fell, which is the right decision in that instance.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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