TASER Fails to Subdue Armed Suspect

TASER Fails to Subdue Armed Suspect

The TASER is a good tool (I own and carry a TASER Pulse), but it has its limitations! Because it isn’t 100% effective, we need to know when and how to transition from TASER or other less-lethal tool to lethal tools as part of our Active Self Protection.



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Original video of the officer trying the TASER is available in our Instructor Development Portal.


News story with more details from local news: https://get-asp.com/dp6y


Subsequent news story with the arrest of the suspect: https://get-asp.com/cvxl


Statement from the Clovis PD Police Captain: https://get-asp.com/y2lp


What does this officer-involved shooting teach us about defending ourselves with less lethal tools like a TASER?


  1. Whether you’re LEO or CCW, you need to know what force options you have available and when to abandon one and move to another. (“force options” are a better model than the older “force continuum” model) You need to know when your pepper spray is the best option, or when to abandon it (or the TASER) in favor of your firearm in a split second decision. The best way, of course, to learn and embed these options in your mind is to train in force on force scenarios with the options and then respond to the situations appropriately.
  2. You must understand that your intermediate force options, those in between hands and firearm/knife (like pepper spray, TASER, baton, etc.) will not always be effective. They are designed to be used BEFORE a threat becomes a deadly threat, and we must always be ready for them to fail us. At that point, we must quickly decide whether the right answer is to move to empty-handed skills or to deadly force options.


  1. 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.


  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.


  1. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. When the TASER failed and he was hit, the officer had to muster the strength in his soul to stay alert, to get help on the way, and to get his firearm out in case the perp came back. He did well.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)




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