Giving a warning to someone with a weapon in hand gives them the first shot. Have you heard this before? I doubt it. It is not politically correct, but it is clearly true. Action beats reaction. Agencies that train their people to always give warnings before shootings are conditioning their people to get shot or shot at first forcing them to react while already under fire. This jeopardizes the safety of not only the officer, but of the innocent surrounding people as well. Everyone shoots worse while under effective fire. Numerous officers and civilians are injured or killed every year because they give unnecessary warnings. Warnings are only required when reasonable/feasible. If the situation is clear and there is an imminent threat, you are not required to warn when it would reasonably put you or someone else in greater jeopardy- and it almost always will. If a suspect is fleeing from a felony involving the use or threatened use of deadly force, Tennessee V. Garner states you should give a warning when feasible. 1. Warn only from a strong tactical position 2. Warning always puts you at greater tactical risk 3. It gives an armed opponent the ability to fire first 4. It allows unseen opponents to orient on your position 5. Even with a strong position, it often makes reasonable sense to fire without warning 6. Uncertainty = move or move to a strong position and warn 7. Certainty - strong position = consider shooting without warning 8. Flight (felonious dangerous criminal) = warn if feasible before shooting 7. Don't warn without a line drawn as to when you will shoot: closing distance, rapid movement, orienting gun, etc. If you don't have the will to immediately shoot, don't bother carrying a gun. 8. Reasonable tactics dictate; political correctness and improper conditioning does not. Warnings should be conditioned only under the right circumstances. The Tests: 1. Stand 20 feet from a person with a sim gun (or similar) in their hand in any position. Warn them. See if they can significantly engage you first most of the time. Check all of the variations possible: standing in front, standing behind, gun in waistband with hand on it, etc.. Now stand 40 feet from them behind good cover and repeat. 10 yards is what I call magic distance #2 at which accuracy plummets. The first magic distance is actually only at 3-5 yards.
2. At the appearance of a sudden threat, give a warning as you draw and then shoot. Check your time. Now shoot with no warning. Check your time.
3. Stand at 15 yards facing a target. Fire 5 rounds while screaming a warning. Score. Now fore 5 rounds without screaming. What do we learn: 1. Giving a warning gives the bad guy the first shot.
2. Having more distance and more cover can put the oods in your favor; how much you want them in your favor is up to you and your ability to articulate reasonableness.
3. Giving a warning makes you shoot slower.
4. Giving a warning makes you shoot less accurately.
5. So if you want to jeopardize your own safety and the safety of innocents around you, give warnings when it is not necessary. Examples: FORT HOOD SHOOTER In an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, Todd, 42, said he fired the shots to take down Hasan after Sgt. Munley was seriously wounded during the rampage at the Texas Army base. Thirteen people were killed. Todd said he and Munley had pulled up to the scene in separate cars at the same time. He said they began running up a small hill toward the building that held the processing center where unarmed soldiers reported for check-ups and vaccinations before deployment. The gunman was already outside, Todd recalled. “That’s when the bystanders were pointing in his direction,” he said. “And when we popped up, he was standing there, and we shouted our commands — ‘Police, drop your weapons!’ — and he just opened fire on us.” (I can understand the first warning due to uncertainty) Todd said he was slightly in front of Munley on the hill. “Once we took fire, she broke right and I broke left,” he said. Todd said he did not see Munley get shot. He said he started to circle around the building, but then backtracked as panicked bystanders told him of the gunman’s movements. “As it unfolded, I went a different direction and he went a different direction, and we met up in the front of the building,” he said. Todd said he then saw Munley on the ground, wounded. He shouted again at the gunman to drop his weapon. (In other words, he gave the gunman a chance to continue to shoot his partner or to shoot him) “Once I came around the front of the building, I caught his attention again, started shouting commands, and then he opened up a second time,” Todd said. “And that’s when I returned fire, neutralized him and secured him.” LAS VEGAS COP KILLERS After the shooting, the couple headed toward a nearby Wal-Mart, where Jerad Miller was confronted by Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas. Wilcox was legally carrying a concealed pistol. Wilcox was unaware that Amanda Miller, who was pushing a shopping cart, was involved in the incident and “lying in wait,” the official said. (If he didn't see them kill the police and only saw them enter with guns, it would be better as a CCW citizen to find a strong position and observe to make certain of the situation) She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range. (Because he exposed his position to an unknown threat) “He had no idea the wife was walking behind him,” the police official said of the murdered man. “This guy (Wilcox) was not some idiot with a gun. To me, he was a hero. He was trying to stop an active shooter.” Police said this morning that Wilcox was killed without firing a shot. CONROE TEXAS COMPLETE FAILURE TO SHOOT About 4 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers received a report of an armed man threatening an employee at a bakery in the 400 block of North Loop 336 East. The man was later identified as James Richard Hill, 54. This was Kelemen's first Saturday working the 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift after swapping with a newly promoted patrol sergeant. As the first officer on the scene, Kelemen spent a couple of minutes pleading with Hill to drop his weapon, according to video footage from his patrol car's dashboard camera. "After being there for a couple of seconds, I knew it wasn't going to end well. The guy was just obviously crazy. You hear about 'suicide by cop' all the time, but it didn't take long to figure out that that was definitely in his plan," Kelemen recalled. "I was scared to death." The video footage shows Hill pointing a shotgun toward the cruiser and doing a sort of dance around a parked vehicle. Kelemen said he never fired his weapon because, at roughly 20 yards away, he couldn't take a chance of hitting someone other than the gunman. Sirens can be heard in the distance. (Well it was certain one person was going to be shot for sure if he didn't fire. Sorry, not everyone is cut out for the profession) http://youtu.be/xPRhsCR2jWg Stay Safe.