LandoCommando wrote:I recently had to pull my gun on a guy who was running from the cops. I was returning home with my wife from shoppping at Target, when I saw a large number of police cars at the off ramp next to my neighborhood. Being a concerned citizen, I asked one officer what was going on. He told me that there was a hit and run, so I got a description of the suspect to alert my neighbors of the situation. I was pulling into my driveway when I saw a man emerge from the tree line by our house. He fit the description the officer had given me perfectly. I drive a blue Chevy Impala, so I think the guy was under the impression that I was a cop, and that I was looking for him. I got out of my car and walked toward him. I directed my wife to go inside and lock the doors and call 911. As I approached the man, he reached behind him into his back pocket. Not knowing what he was reaching for, I drew my Springfield 1911-A1 from my hip and took aim center mass on his chest. I gave him verbal commands to show me his hands. He hesitated at first, and then drew what was a large fillet knife. Being in the Marine Corps Security Forces we are trained on how to use escalation of force, just like all law enforcement agencies. They say that to apply deadly force when a subject has a knife they must be within twenty one feet. I was no more than fifteen from him. I kept giving him command after command to drop his knife. I started backing away slowly in order to give myself more reaction time. By this time I hear sirens coming from all directions. Several police cars show up and now have the guy at gun point as well. I back off and they move into arrest him, but not before he has to be tased. This was a scary situation. I think this shows the importance of carrying concealed. I'm glad he didn't close in on me, or I would've been forced to shoot him. It's amazing that I never had to fire my weapon when I was deployed, but when I come home from that I almost had to in literally my own backyard. Stay safe out there, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Never go get gas or go to the market down the street without carrying your firearm. You never know when you'll need it.
Tarzan1888 wrote:I am not a police officer.
I carry my gun for the protection of myself, my family and for the protection of an innocent third party.
I will only draw my weapon when I perceive one of the above has received an eminent threat to life or limb.
I will draw and fire.
I will continue to fire until the threat is neutralized.
I got out of my car and walked toward him.
Rugerlover wrote:I got out of my car and walked toward him.
Why did you do this? You are not the cops. It's not your responsibility to go looking for trouble. You said yourself, he was within striking distance with that knife. You put your life on the line when you didn't have to.
I would have done things quite differently I think. Staying away from him, and calling 911 seems prudent.
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