What To Do After Shooting Someone
You may not be not able to remember exactly what happened. You may do or say things you normally wouldn’t. Unfortunately, this is the time you will be dealing with law enforcement. What you say now can set the tone for the investigation.
After a self-defense shooting, the adrenaline is pumping, it’s going to be hard to not come down with a case of diarrhea of the mouth. You may talk crap that could turn a justifiable homicide, into a murder case or destroy you financially, in the civil suit the family of the person you just shot, is likely to bring.
Exercising your right to remain silent, even if it means a trip to lock up is something you should do. Say nothing to no one for at least 24 hours with the exception of your attorney.
Remember, LEO is taking down everything you say and forwarding the data to the district attorney/prosecutor, the person who may bring charges against you.
After The Shooting
After a shooting, you should call 911 (not your buddy, your brother or your mom) and give them the following info:
- Location and or address
- You have a permit to carry a firearm (assuming you do)
- You were attacked, someone tried to kill you and you had to fire your gun in self-defense
- Provide a description of yourself and state whether or not you are holding the criminal at gunpoint or if you have your firearm in your hand
- Request medical attention for your attacker and yourself if required
- Follow the instructions of the 911 operator unless you feel the instructions will jeopardize your safety.
While waiting for the police to arrive, don’t talk to anyone. These are the people the police will most certainly speak to.
As the police arrive take a deep breath and remember, they they will need to secure the scene and figure out what’s going on.
They don’t know you from Adam’s off aunt. They don’t know you’re if you’re an assailant or a victim. To them you’re a dude standing in the street with a gun.
Immediately comply with their every command as you would if this were a traffic stop. These commands could include an invitation for you to wear handcuffs. Let it happen.
DO NOT ARGUE WITH THEM!
At the point, the police may press for details with regards to the shooting. Now is a great time to respectfully clam up and say nothing about the shooting.
Questions the police may ask you:
- How many shots did you fire
- Where were you standing
- What kind of weapon did the attacker have
- What was said by the criminal
- What did you say to the criminal
- What were you doing prior to the attack
- How much time has passed
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