Self-defense shootings are typically chaotic events that can lead to you getting killed, even after you have successfully defended yourself, or even wrongfully arrested or sued.
Now, you will learn what needs to do after a self-defense shooting so that you protect yourself a second time. You’re going to learn some things you need to do after a self-defense shooting so that you save your life and also protect yourself legally afterward.
I will give you what you need to do after you facing the self-defense shooting situation.
Don’t have a Gun Still In Your Hands When The Cops Show Up.
Try (if at all possible) not to have your gun still in your hand when the cops show up to your self-defense shooting.
Like I said earlier, self-defense shooting situations are typically very chaotic situations.
When you got people screaming over the phone to 9-1-1, it will either misunderstood or not understood at all by the 911 dispatchers.
Good guy or Bad Guy
When the cops arrive at the scene, they don’t know if you are the good guy or the bad guy.
The only information they have is that shots have been fired, so all they know when they arrive is that there is a deadly situation that’s going on.
So when the cops arrive, anybody with a gun in their hand will be a deadly threat to the cops again because they won’t know if you are the good guy or the bad guy.
All cops know that if a person has a gun in their hand, that’s all it takes for that person to kill the officer.
Secure Your Gun
The best thing for you to do is get your gun secured as soon as you can safely do so.
That way, your weapon is not in your hand when the cops arrive.
And of course, this will be very dependent on your situation. If you get into a self-defense shooting in a parking lot, maybe your glove box or inside your locked car would be the best place to put your gun.
If you’re at home: perhaps inside of a drawer would be the best place to put your gun to have it secured before the responding cops arrive.
I’m stressing this; you secure your weapon after a self-defense shooting when you can safely do so.
Personally, what I would do is: when I started hearing the sirens getting closer, that’s when I would secure my gun and not have my gun in my hand when the cops come barging in through my front door.
Don’t Scream Over The Phone To 9-1-1.
I mentioned it briefly earlier when you call 9-1-1 after a self-defense shooting, and you don’t want to be screaming into the phone.
Because dispatchers won’t understand or they can’t understand, or they will misunderstand you.
They will put wrong or incomplete information over the radio to the cops that will be responding to your self-defense situation.
As horrifying as self-defense shootings are, you want to try your best to remain calm so that you can correctly say what occurred over the 9-1-1 call.
Example: “I was just forced to shoot somebody in self-defense. I’m a white/black male, wearing a black long-sleeve t-shirt and green pants. Please start helping.”
Information like above (if given clear enough to the 9-1-1 dispatcher) will more than likely be relayed to the police officers that are going to be arriving at your scene.
You want the arriving police officers to have a decent idea when they arrive at the scene that you are the good guy and that the dead guy or the wounded guy on the ground is the bad guy.
Don’t Give a Detailed Statement Until You Have Enough Rest and You’ve Met With Your Attorney.
You don’t want to make a complete and detailed statement to the police until you’ve met with your attorney.
Any time a person is killed, that situation will be thoroughly investigated, and that crime scene will need to be reconstructed so that the cops will have a lot of detailed questions.
A lot of detailed questions are going to require detailed answers.
The person that’s just been involved in a life-or-death situation and had to use deadly force to defend themselves isn’t going to be in the right state of mind to answer immediately after an event has occurred.
The cops are going to want to know things like:
- Exactly where were you standing when you fired your gun in self-defense?
- How many times did you fire your gun?
- Where exactly was the bad guy standing when you shot him?
Small details like this will many times just be jumbled in your brain immediately after that self-defense situation has happened.
It would be best if you took time to get all of that confused in your head and put it back into place and put it back correctly in your memory so you can give it back how it happened.
Just remember, if you live in a state or an area that allows you to defend yourself: if you do an actual justified legal self-defense shooting, most of the time, it’s not going to be the actual shooting that gets you in trouble and gets you in legal hot water.
It’s what you say and does after the shooting that can bring troubles into your life.
Always have to remember: after we shoot a bad guy in self-defense, there’s going to be some greedy attorney that’s going to try to get money for himself and the dead criminal’s family from you in civil court.
Of course, you need to clarify the situation, and if you said nothing at all, the cops aren’t going to know if you’re the good guy or the dead guy is the bad guy.
You can give some details, and after that, you can say, “Now I’m very distraught, give some space, and I don’t want to give any more detailed statements until I speak to my attorney.”
Try Not to Give Full Details Immediately
So if you do opt to try to give full details immediately after a self-defense shooting, any innocent mistakes that you make, any things that you accidentally get out of chronological order as they happen, or if you use words that a greedy attorney down the road can misconstrue.
Those are the things that you want to watch out for. That’s precisely why you don’t want to give a detailed statement immediately after the shooting.
It’s because you don’t want to say or do anything that can be misconstrued by that greedy attorney that can be used against you in civil court down the road.
Don’t Ever Treat The Police as Your Friend nor the Enemy at Your Self-Defense Scene.
Just be polite at the scene and during the investigation. Give them that brief statement that I mentioned a few moments ago.
Don’t treat the police as your enemy or your friend at a self-defense scene because while the vast majority of cops are pro-Second Amendment, you never know when you end up with one that is not pro-Second Amendment and sees self-defenders as vigilantes rather than self-defenders.
To clarify, If you are involved in a self-defense shooting, there is a huge likelihood that the responding police officers will be very Pro Second Amendment.
You never know that one cop would show up that would be anti Second Amendment and view you more as a vigilante rather than a self defender.
Never Leaves Self-Defense Shooting Scene
Never leaves the scene if you’ve been forced to shoot somebody in self-defense. People always thought, “If I have to shoot a bad guy in self-defense, and there are no witnesses, then I’m going to leave the scene, so I don’t have to deal with all the legal hassle.” This kind of thinking will almost always do more harm to you than good.
Trying to hide something.
First, when you leave the scene of a self-defense shooting, that’s going to make the cops that arrive at that scene think that you are guilty of something, trying to hide something, or that something illegal must have been happening before you shooting that person.
If you leave the scene where you have shot and killed a bad guy in self-defense, you have turned that self-defense investigation into a murder investigation.
Remember, when there are a dead body and no information of why that person’s death or the circumstances of why that person died, and it looks like it’s a homicide.
Telephone number information
If you run away from the self-defense scene, police can trace by searching information the last location on your phone information.
Police go to the nearest cell towers to where that dead body is, and that tower dump will have your telephone number in that information.
Police also have other tools like geofencing to figure out who was in an area where a dead body is found.
With investigative tools like that, the amount of video surveillance that businesses around self-defense shooting and even private homes are having now, the chances of you leaving an area and not being captured on video surveillance is getting slimmer and slimmer by the day.
But depending on the situation, if you shoot a gang member in a gang-infested neighborhood and his homies start coming out of the woodwork after you shoot that gang member, then that would be a situation where you would be forced to flee the area to continue protecting yourself.
Already give 5 tips for you if you are facing those situations. I hope the info will give some benefits to you. I hope we never experience this kind of problem. But we need always prepare ourselves. Do anything necessary so that you can protect yourself. Stay Safe!