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Off Duty Officer Stops Carjackers

Do you practice shooting at 7 yards and beyond? You might well need that skill to protect yourself or someone else! This officer in Mexico City practiced great Active Self Protection to keep these carjackers from hurting someone else.

Original video: http://get-asp.com/0dqj

What do we learn about carjackers here?

1. We learn that there will be times that you can’t just drive away from them! This might be better termed an armed robbery than a carjacking, but there was nowhere for this person to run to. The cars all around prevented escape in the car. Carjackers pick people who are victims that they can corner, so sometimes you have to be able to simply fight where you are and stand your ground.

2. Carjackers travel in packs! Two or three opponents are not uncommon, so make sure that your defensive plan includes multiple attackers. Your training should regularly include multiple attackers and how to successfully defend yourself against them.

3. Marksmanship matters. This officer had a shot of 7-10 yards or so, with a terrible backstop. He had to put the shot on target to be able to stop these guys and not endanger others. Do you practice shooting at 7 yards? I hope you do, and hope you do it until you can get reliable hits.

4. Notice that the officer didn’t get tunnel vision on the one carjacker that he shot. He maintained awareness of the others who ran off, which is excellent! Keeping aware of what is going on keeps you from getting ambushed as you recover from the fight.

5. Notice as well that the officer shot to stop the threat, and that was enough. It was a psychological stop and perhaps a neuromuscular incapacitation of his legs, but he didn’t keep shooting once the threat stopped. That said, he went and got the gun in the guy’s waistband so that the threat couldn’t re-emerge, and that was excellent as well!

6. Even with multiple attackers, when shots are fired many times the gang will scatter. You won’t often have to fight 4 or 5 carjackers or other attackers, because once they realize that the force equation has tipped against them, they run for safety. They’re looking for victims, not fights, so when they encounter a fight they find alternate things to do with their day.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

This is Why Your Defensive Skills Need To Be Sharp

While compliance may not get you what you want in an armed robbery, at Active Self Protection we talk about attitude, SKILLS, and PLAN for a reason. Do you have the skills and plan to win the fight in confrontations like these?

Original of first clip: http://get-asp.com/ypbf

Original of second clip: http://get-asp.com/4f3x

Why are my defensive skills so important?

1. Attitude is the foundation of everything we do at ASP. (I study martial arts at Attitude First Martial Arts Academy, which should tell you a lot about how I view attitude!) These men both had the attitude that they would stop their attackers from harming them, and that is tremendous. However, it’s not enough on its own! Attitude is FIRST, but it is not ALONE.

2. To successfully defend yourself, you need skills. The first clip required skills using a long stick like a pool cue as well as empty-handed skills and skills for dealing with multiple attackers. Those skills don’t come overnight and they require an investment of time and money and attention. The second clip required firearm skills, draw and shoot skills, and movement skills. While many people think they’re easier to acquire, in reality they are perishable skills that need constant practice and training. You can’t do that at home exclusively; you need to sit under the teaching of a competent teacher to hone your skills!

3. Once attitude and skills are sharp, it’s time to focus on the plan. Do you have a heart and plan in place to take the fight to the bad guy with ferocity? If you have time, like the guy in the first clip did, can you formulate your desired plan of attack and then carry it out? Just “I will hit him with my cue” isn’t enough…you need a path to total victory! Do you have a plan that you’ve trained if your blaster pukes in a gunfight? Can you overcome that problem, or if your gun doesn’t go bang are you dead? That’s an important question to ask.

4. The bottom line in this is that these clips must lead us to a place where we make defensive training an important part of our lives. As Dave Grossman has famously said in his book “On Combat”, “Do not expect the combat fairy to come bonk you with the combat wand and suddenly make you capable of doing things that you never rehearsed before. It will not happen.” Don’t it back and think that you’ll rise to the occasion, because you won’t. Train like you will get the worst you have in the moment, and make that as good as it can possibly be so that you have a chance to come out alive.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Armed Robbers Murder Clerks On Camera

I have heard talking heads on television tell people that if an armed robber robs you, just give them what they want and you’ll be fine. At Active Self Protection we know that’s certainly no guarantee, and these incidents give a lot of evidence to that fact!

Video 1 original: http://get-asp.com/ipja

 

Video 2 original: http://get-asp.com/us5t

 

Video 3 original: http://get-asp.com/m0g9

 

Should I comply with armed robbers?

 

  1. The fallacy in the advice to comply is that it seems to be blanket advice. No advice will work in every situation, and someone pointing a gun at you can be reasonably inferred to mean you deadly harm. You have the right to protect yourself from a deadly threat, but if you don’t have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from the threat then compliance might be the only option you have. I would prefer that everyone have far more options, though!

 

  1. No product or inventory is worth getting shot for, so giving the armed robber the cash in the till or the product off the shelf is wise. Even if you’re only buying time to find an opportunity, don’t deny the armed robber what he wants without more to back it up than your angry stare. If you can’t win the encounter, then just give him the stuff!

 

  1. You must always look for your opportunity, but don’t look so long that the opportunity passes you by! Defend yourself at the earliest possible moment.

 

  1. The best solution to the first two videos would have for sure been the clerk having a firearm of their own and using it effectively. I think that every ASPer should be proficient with firearms and carry one if their laws allow. In the third clip, empty-handed skills and the Five Ds would certainly have made for a better outcome.

 

  1. We talk about spiritual fitness from time to time at ASP, and these videos remind us that you don’t always get to pick the day you meet your Creator. Part of ASP is being ready spiritually for that day in the event that today is the day, so make peace with God as part of your preparation.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Fatal Officer Involved Shooting Caught on Bodycam

Would you have been able to protect yourself in this situation? Be honest! Deadly force encounters don’t announce themselves, and the ability to transition from talking to shooting is a critical component of Active Self Protection. Sgt Green and Officer Griffin both did a fine job here, and their decisive action teaches us all some important lessons.

News story with more details on the incident: http://get-asp.com/vz3x

 

Original video of Sgt Green’s body cam: http://get-asp.com/nrid

 

Original video of Officer Griffin’s body cam: http://get-asp.com/jidz

 

Interview with the suspect’s brother, which is surprising: http://get-asp.com/8gkm

 

What lessons can we learn from this officer involved shooting?

 

  1. In the moment, it is not possible to tell the difference between a real firearm and a replica. This reminds us that the media hype surrounding someone having a fake gun and being shot is hype and not reality. In the heat of the moment it is perfectly sane and reasonable to treat that gun as real and defend yourself against the person wielding it such that they cannot hurt you with it.

 

  1. Both sighted fire and point shooting are necessary skills for self-defenders. The first shot that Sgt Green fired was point shooting. Knowing instinctively how to get the firearm tracking where you want to shoot and being able to get a shot on target as fast as humanly possible is a critical skill in a gunfight.

 

  1. Shooting fast is great; shooting fast with accuracy is critical. Sgt Green took nine shots, and he was shooting about .25 splits (I counted in my editing software). That’s about what we see, again and again, in deadly force encounters. That makes training to the standard of being able to put shots in a man-sized target at 5 yards in that kind of split territory an important performance benchmark to train towards!

 

  1. I like that Sgt Green knew when to move from hands-on to his firearm. He tried to take the suspect down but he was too big and moved away, and as soon as he realized that he wasn’t going to be able to control him, Sgt. Green created distance, drew his firearm, and started putting shots on target. That was significant! He didn’t hesitate one bit.

 

  1. The strobe on the pistol-mounted light was annoying, but having a light to see what was going on was very helpful. It’s dark a lot of places a lot of the time, so if possible I really recommend having a light mounted on your pistol. (I keep this one on mine: https://get-asp.com/NightStand) Notice that in the point-shooting maelstrom of the fight that the laser on Sgt Green’s gun didn’t really come into play at all. A laser might be helpful in other situations, but it isn’t really helpful in the instant stress of a draw and shoot gunfight.

 

  1. Officer Griffin did a great job communicating with her partner. If you are not LEO, you might still have a partner in your spouse or best friend who you’re out with. She didn’t just scream, she alerted her partner to the danger and being able to verbalize is important!

 

  1. Capacity matters, everyone! Sgt. Green shot nine times before the threat ended. Nine. If he was carrying a 1911 or a single stack, he would have needed a reload. So do you carry one? I hope so! (and of course, I know that he wouldn’t carry a low capacity firearm on duty, but I just saw a local officer carrying a 1911 on duty last week, so it’s pertinent to LEO, and I know LOTS of CCW who carry fewer than 9 in the gun they carry every day)

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Armed Robber Shot And Stopped By CCW Instructor

The more times an armed robber meets a bad ending in the commission of their crime, the less likely armed robbery becomes. This is why we applaud good people stopping armed robbers at Active Self Protection! Bravo to this man in Ohio.

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

Original video: https://get-asp.com/aooc

A debrief statement from the shooter: https://get-asp.com/itlc

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

1. The most effective way to stop an armed robber from hurting you is to protect yourself from them. Anyone threatening deadly force against you or your loved ones can be presumed to actually mean to do deadly harm to you, and you have all the moral right in the world to stop that threat. Some people might say that giving him the money was a smarter idea, but if you’ve followed ASP awhile you have seen enough instances of people who comply with armed robbers still being killed to know that compliance does not equate to safety at all. Only comply if you have no other viable options. Otherwise, protect yourself.

2. A firearm is the most useful force multiplication tool we currently have available. A good handgun is portable, concealable, and useful. In this case the good guy had a Glock 27 with 165gr Remington Golden Sabre defensive rounds and they did the job just fine. A pepper spray or a taser are great, but there are times that only a firearm will do. That’s why I carry one and I suggest you do as well.

3. Marksmanship matters! This CCW instructor knew how to draw and knew how to shoot, and that’s why he put 3 out of 3 shots in the bad guy, where they belonged. Point shooting is a great technique for fast, close shooting and that’s exactly what he did. He knew his technique and used it effectively. That only comes from training, so make sure you’re training regularly and effectively and practicing often.

4. Notice as well that the self-defender didn’t stay stationary. He moved when the danger started and didn’t stay in one place. That’s very wise! In your training, whether live training or Force on Force or airsoft or dry fire, remember to move and still put shots on target. This is critical!

5. It’s important in your defensive shooting to be aware of bystanders and innocents and not to shoot them! This self-defender moved well and got himself a good firing line so as not to endanger the mom and baby, or his coworker. That’s fantastic. Excellent work. Move to get an angle that allows you to focus on your task and provides you the most margin for error possible.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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