It has happened. You needed to defend yourself from a life-threatening attack. You could not prevent it. You’ve either presented your gun or actually fired it to stop the ineluctable threat to your life or lives of others. There was no turning back. You and all other innocents are now clearly safe from the danger. What to do next?
Call 911 as quickly as possible to get your side of the story on the record. However, you need to calm down first if circumstances allow and collect your thoughts. Know what you need to say. Remember, you were the victim, even if the perpetrator appears more like the victim because he was the one being hurt. Either he or someone else could call authorities on his behalf and make you the offending party of the crime. It happens. Criminals are known for their lies, and they would certainly want you to blame for attacking them than let themselves lockout in jail for the crime they committed.
Do remember that there were possibly other witnesses of the crime, but only saw the part when you fired the weapon to the criminal. They may think that you are the criminal and if their point of view gets on record without you getting your point of view on the record, you could face a serious problem. You could have a long, costly uphill climb to establish your innocence and credibility.
The significance of being the first person to contact 911 cannot be overstated. You need to establish that you are the victim because in the first place you are the victim. Every word of your call to 911 is recorded and can be used in your defense in court. The 911 call is a vital proof of your innocence. You can use the call in the court to establish your integrity and that you are the real victim of an attack as you tried to avoid and afraid of your life, and you had no other option but to use your firearm to save your life and the others from imminent physical injuries or death.
Since the 911 call can be used as evidence, it is crucial that you know what to say and what not to say. If you use vulgar words, it will tarnish the innocence you need to establish when played on the court. Be careful what you say and say only the essential things. You should state that you were the victim of a crime, your life or innocent lives were compromised and the danger was unavoidable. Then you used the weapon to end the imminent, deadly threat.
It is equally important that you state your name, street address, and what transpired. Then request for ambulance and police. State your location at the address you have provided and described yourself. Your conversation with the 911 operator would go something like this:
Operator: 911. What is your emergency?
You: Operator, my name is (your name). I’m at (address). I was attacked and feared for my life. There has been a shooting. Send an ambulance and the police. I’ll be at (your location at the address). I’m wearing (description of your clothing).
Let’s say you’re a white man with a wife and two kids. The call would sound like this:
Operator, my name is Sam Smith. I’m at my home at 123 Main Street. I was attacked and feared for my life. There has been a shooting. Send an ambulance and police. I’ll be standing at the front door with my wife. My children have gone next door to our neighbor’s home. I’m a white male, 6 feet tall with glasses and brown hair. I’m wearing blue jeans and a green t-shirt.
End the call. The operator may need you to repeat the address or other information. But you should avoid providing any details.
Remember the importance of calling 911. Always have your cell phone with you when out in public. Many trainers recommend rehearsing the 911 call to ensure you state the relevant facts of the violent encounter. Make 911 your first call. Then, make Second Call Defense your second call. Professional representation and insurance are critical to surviving an incident where you used a weapon to defend yourself or others.