Things Never Do After A Self-defense Shooting
Owning a gun legally and having the right skills is not enough. There is a lot that follows once you pull that trigger in a self-defense situation. The events that follow are significant in determining your innocence or could even lead you to jail. Whatever happens afterward is not to be overlooked. There are a lot of questions that arise, and an investigation has to follow.
What are the 10 things you should never do after a self-defense shooting?
Never Call 911 In A Panic
As a normal human being who has pulled the trigger in a deadly situation and probably killed a person, you will end up in mental confusion. It’s not the best time to call the police and inform them of what just happened. You could probably contradict yourself.
Take a deep breath to calm yourself and get back to your normal thought, then call 911. However, it should not take you the entire 20 minutes after the incident has occurred. You should be the first to call the police and be the complainant. You need to be quick on how you manage the panic and contact the police as soon as possible.
Never Leave The Scene
Unless the scene is more dangerous for you, do not leave. Once again, as a normal human being, you might feel uneasy around the scene, but you better stay. Why should you not go? Even if you didn’t call the police, probably another citizen nearby called them, and upon arriving and finding you are not around the scene, it might be interpreted differently. They might assume you are guilty, and the whole case turns against you.
However, when you are prone to more danger, get yourself to a tactical advantage position, and take cover.
Never Tampering With The Evidence
Messing with the crime scene is a bad idea.
In a self-defense situation, especially at home, you might consider cleaning the floor or moving the dead guy outside. You should NEVER try it.
Also, prevent others around from touching or moving anything in the scene. The crime scene is like a “story” to the investigation officers attending the scene. If you were defending yourself or your property, the evidence in the scene would be beneficial to you.
Never Hold Your Gun In Your Hand When The Police Arrive
Keep holding your gun for defense until you see the police responding to the scene have arrived. Then, immediately put your gun on the ground.
Remember, the police will be responding to an armed person, so they approach you as a threat; therefore, holding on to your gun might make them shot you. Also, follow the commands and do nothing except what the police are telling you. Also, expect to be handcuffed and probably separated from the rest of the people around the scene.
Never Make Statements To Police Before You Talk To Your Lawyer
The responding officers at the scene are on duty and expect you to cooperate. However, avoid being detailed and talking too much on what happened until you have spoken with your lawyer. The police are listening, and anything you say will be used against you.
Also, tell the police you are ready to cooperate, but first, you need to talk to your attorney since you are not in a proper state of mind.
Never Fall For Good Cop Bad Cop
There might be a cop who seems very sympathetic towards your case, and you are likely to open up to them. It’s a bad idea to do so. The police officers are neither your enemies nor your friends in such situations. You better shut up and only make statements after talking to your attorney.
Never Submit To The Mind Games Of The Police
Once you have raised your right to silence, the police might continue to engage you to get you talking. In some instances, they might play mind games and threaten you so you could argue your case and defend yourself. Hold on and keep your mouth shut.
Never Lecture The Law Enforcement Officer
Remember, the police are doing their work, and they must gather as much information as possible concerning the case. Therefore, they will ask a lot of questions. You do not have to react with intimidation or seem to challenge their work. They are a human being, and acting superior might trigger them to react harshly towards you.
Never Disrespect The Police
The police officers are human beings performing assigned duties, just like other employees, and ought to be respected. Use polite language with phrases such as “kindly,” “yes sir,” “no sir,” etc. also, avoid harsh tones in your conversations such as shooting at the police officer rather than responding or remaining silent.
Never Get Upset Being Treated As A Criminal
After the police arrived on the scene, they will sort out the shooter from others and conduct some interviews with those around when the incident took place. It helps them identify witnesses relevant to the case.
As a shooter, you will probably find yourself in the police car being taken for further interrogation to gather more information on the case. Also, you expect your firearm to be taken away to help in further investigation.
Depending on what your local authority highlights on such incidents, the police will book you in and release you. However, in case of a dangerous situation or a problem, you are booked into jail.
By avoiding the above 10 things if a self-defense shooting incident has occurred, you are not likely to land in jail. Your overall reaction to the incident and interaction with the police will determine how the police will handle your case.
Gaining the right knowledge of what you are expected to do is vital.