No kidding, I think that Officer Pueblo and Officer Colwell both did amazing jobs here of staying in the fight after being shot by this suspect. Hats off to them for their incredible heart and doubly so to Officer Colwell for his ability to end the threat!
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News story with details on the officers and suspect: https://get-asp.com/p7im
Second “news” story (Daily Mail can be sensationalistic) with good details on the incident: https://get-asp.com/fk7v
What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed attacker, whether officer or CCW?
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. These officers had to stop an evil man who was intent to kill them, simple as that. They had no other options.
- Many times an attacker will give pre-attack cues during the “warmup” phase of an attack that defenders can use to anticipate what is coming. One of the most common is looking around, either for witnesses or for escape routes. If you’re interviewing/being interviewed, and in your talk notice someone who exhibits other danger signs looking left and right away from you, consider that a significant clue that something is wrong and place yourself in the best possible place to avert or deal with the potential attack. If you watch closely you can see Officer Pueblo responding by moving towards the perp when he stands up, which police officers know is a move to either run or fight.
- Our defensive strategy is always dictated by our mission. It’s worth remembering that the mission of military members (to overwhelm the enemy with force and drive them from the battlefield) is different than the mission of law enforcement officers (to protect and serve the public interest by subduing and arresting those suspected of crime) is different than the mission of armed private citizens (to protect their loved ones from harm by breaking contact effectively with violent criminals). Those varied missions will dictate what skills are needed and what tactics are employed! These officers had to interview this perp, and then had to stop him as he was running after shooting them both. As CCW, our mission is to stop the immediate threat and then break contact. Just recognize the different missions!
- If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! Here we see Officer Pueblo getting to his firearm as he runs TO cover; that was a good move!
- Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself. As they say, the best cover is fire superiority and the best first aid is to end the threat!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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