Armed Citizen Corner: Another Case of Fleeing Suspects

Angry guy with rifle shooting at a burglar with a stolen bag isolated on white background

Home Owner Arrested After Shooting Burglar

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I agree with Bob on this one, I expect the charges will be dropped unless there is more to the story than we are being told.

However, let’s look a little bit closer because I have been noticing a pattern as of late with some recent incidents involving armed how owners or Concealed Carriers and “fleeing suspects”

If your life is not in IMMINENT DANGER (and please forgive me for using these ‘legalese’ terms, but I want you guys to get into the habit of thinking this way if you are going to carry and use a gun for self-defense) and you get into a self-defense scenario and the suspect or suspects FLEE… let them go!

DO NOT CHASE THEM as it can result in the Cops thinking you are the BAD GUY WITH THE GUN !

And definitely DO NOT yell the ubiquitous Hollywood action film  “STOP OR I WILL SHOOT!”

Yeah OK, the scumbags broke in and stole something, but at this point, they are not trying to HARM YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES. They are fleeing away from you and your home. Yelling “STOP” and inviting them back into a confrontation is not a smart move. Yes I know they violated your property and had no right to do that and you are pissed off, But consider: It’s 3am, it’s dark you are still half way asleep and your brain is not all the way together because of the combination of all this and stress…do you really want to invite a confrontation with a thug who is possibly armed for the sake of either retrieving a MATERIAL object that can be replaced or worse yet, trying to do the job of Law Enforcement and make a citizens arrest? No of course not.

Let the Cops do their job and catch this idiot and retrieve your stolen goods if possible. Just remember to get a good description of the guy (or vehicle and plates) and the direction they went.

Now I know it is real easy to armchair quarterback a hairy situation like this, but I am only doing it for the sake of helping you guys remember that when you use a gun in self-defense, there is not just ONE FIGHT for your life, but TWO. The First happens on the street and the second happens in the Courtroom, and believe me when I tell you the one in the courtroom often suck way worse than the one on the street (unless you are killed on the street that is.)

Be Smart!

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

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