Over the past several years as both a police officer and firearms instructor I’ve had the opportunity to answer many questions, from both perspectives, in regards to what happens after a person uses a firearm to defend themselves. In answering these questions, I’ve always felt an obligation to give the best that I had to offer from my personal experiences and from the knowledge I’ve gained in talking with others who have been in similar situations. I’ve always felt, as difficult as it may be to defend oneself, that real difficulty often comes in the aftermath of those instances when a person is called upon to justify a particular course of action, or lack thereof. It’s to those who have been smart enough to ponder the hard questions prior to the incident that I dedicate the upcoming posts.
Over the next several weeks I’ll be posting several topics relating to the aftermath of violent encounters. These posts will draw upon my experiences as a police officer over the past 18 plus years and as a criminal investigator for over six of those years. I understand there are plenty of books and other websites that offer various opinions on topics such as physiological and psychological aspects, as well as many that offer, “the best tactics,” or legal advice, what I’m going to offer here is a more practical view. In doing so I plan to offer less advice and more knowledge on what can actually take place during different aspects of the post self-defense incident.
Now the disclaimer…I’m not an attorney, nor do I claim to have any license to practice law or offer legal advice in any manner. I’m not a medical doctor or a psychologist and I don’t claim to have any experience offering medical opinions or any type of scientific based mental health advice to help you feel better about yourself. I’m not a professional speaker, nor do I gain any profit from any organization for giving pep talks to people about their potential and how important they are to our society. I don’t claim that the knowledge I have is the best available, nor do I present it as the only way to do anything.
What I am and what I do have to offer is this…I’m a veteran police officer and criminal investigator with over 18 years (as of 2014) experience in law enforcement. I’ve been involved in several cases that resulted in one party violently assaulting another party and I’ve personally questioned hundreds of victims, witnesses, and suspects. I also feel obligated to point out that during my time as a police officer I’ve always paid special attention to the rights of all parties involved and have never arrested or attempted to file charges on anyone unless I was completely sure that the arrested party had in fact committed the crime. I will also say, not to boast but only to drive home my previous point, that during my time as a criminal investigator I filed many cases and my conviction rate during that time was 100%. This is not to say that all the cases I investigated were filed, rather only a fraction of the cases that I was assigned were actually closed with filing. Many of these un-filed cases were determined not to be criminal in nature and many weren’t filed because of a lack of evidence in the case.
Beyond my experience as a police officer I’m an experienced firearms instructor and have taught the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act course to several hundred, if not over a thousand, students. Additionally, while not one to offer medical or legal advice, I’ll tell you what I think and what I’ve seen that works. I’ll do my best to offer the information in these postings in a straight forward and objective approach that will allow you as the reader the opportunity and ability to determine what will work best for you.
I look forward to providing you this valuable information and I’m confident it will be beneficial to you if you’re ever involved in a violent confrontation.