From the desk of ICMAF President Bradley Steiner
The following report from "out there".
The Officer shall remain anonymous. Apparently, our tactics work!
During early-morning hours, in a hotel lobby in TN last week, a police officer who was armed, but not in uniform, was confronted by three masked, armed, robbery suspects.
The robbery was already in progress when the unsuspecting officer walked in on the scene!
At gunpoint, the officer was confronted and ordered to prone-out on the floor. All three suspects, although only in their 20s, were already multiply-convicted, violent, career criminals.
The officer, started to comply, but then suddenly drew his pistol and fired, striking all three astonished suspects. The injured trio immediately fled, but were apprehended shortly thereafter. Two are 'critical," one " stable." The officer was not injured, nor were any other innocent parties at the scene. Not one of the suspects ever fired a shot!
This question comes up often: When thus confronted at gunpoint, or, when a VCA is in the process of taking a family-member hostage, how long do I wait before taking unilateral action?
The answer is, as always: It's your call!
But, here are some things to consider:
Your attackers are at their weakest and most disorganized at the beginning of the ordeal. As the confrontation goes on, they will increase their control, as your options dry up, one by one. When you assume the posture they demand, allow them to search you, allow them to tie you up, et al, in the end you'll have no options. Likewise, when you allow them to escape with a family member under their control, you'll likely never see that family member alive again!
A student says, "... when someone has me at gunpoint, if I move, they'll likely shoot!"
There is no satisfactory, nor comfortable answer to that. All I can say in reply is, "You're dead anyway!"
When you act with precise, but overwhelming, force, you may yet prevail. When you dither, there is little hope for your survival.
Everyone wants the "no-risk" solution. This is fantasy! There is no such thing. "Doing nothing" is never risk-free, nor is any other solution you're contemplating.
The officer in the case dared boldly, and he snatched a stunning victory from the jaws of certain death.
The rest of need to think about it. As I've made it a habit of saying, your Test is coming!
Who are not armed, trained, ready, and courageously prepared to act decisively, right now, have surrendered most of their options before the fight even starts!
Using and defending against a gun is even more important than target practice. A great source of info is the Bare Hands to Handguns DVD.