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What should law abiding citizens do in the aftermath of a self-defense shooting?

What should law abiding citizens do in the aftermath of a self-defense shooting?

What should law abiding citizens do in the aftermath of a self-defense shooting? Which approach would you take? Keep closed-lipped until your attorney arrives to defend you? Or begin to tell your side of the story to the attending law enforcement officer(s)?

Both positions have been persuasively argued in the concealed carry community by attorneys and law enforcement officers. Whichever side of the coin you fall on, it is always best to think-through your potential scenarios before you are faced with a crisis. Being prepared for the violence that might come upon you is good. Being prepared for the aftermath should be part of your training curriculum too.

In this video, Massad Ayoob presents the case for making a cooperative and polite “good first impression.” And he gives us five “how to proceed” points.

1.Establish the active dynamic: “officer, he attacked me with a knife.”

2.Reinforce it: “officer, I’m the victim and I will testify against him.”

3.Point to the evidence on the scene.

4.Point to the witnesses.

5.Concluding statement: “officer, you’re going to have my full cooperation after I’ve spoken to counsel.”

Excerpted from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massad_Ayoob

Ayoob has been in the courtroom as a testifying police officer, expert witness, and police prosecutor, he is not an attorney; he is, however, a former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is believed to be the only non-attorney ever to hold this position. Ayoob teaches a course for attorneys, titled "The Management of the Lethal Force/Deadly Weapons Case."

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