Nov. 7, 2015 A Kentucky police officer died from head wounds sustained two days earlier. He was clearing an apartment (cop-talk for looking for a bad guy) with another officer and was shot in the head. He was a 17 year veteran.
A key part of our Concealed Weapon License course is working through a home invasion scenario. I ask the participants what they would do step-by-step, in order. Most say dial 9-1-1, which in reality should be way down on the list of priorities. More alarming is that many say they would grab their gun and hunt for the intruder, engage them, and (in their minds) take them out. Very wrong strategy… it is very important to remember that your goal in this type of situation is getting you and family through it unhurt. If you do, you win. Engaging in a gunfight is obviously more dangerous than not being in a gunfight, so avoid it if you can. You must stake out your own safe place and let them bring the fight to you. If you bring the fight to them, you invite ambush and death — you lose. This 17 year trained veteran officer was at a disadvantage … how would you be without any training to speak of?