NOTE: The POS who murdered these officers is currently on death row awaiting execution.
So what can civilians learn from this incident?
- What is lacking in technique is often made up for in savagery and aggressiveness.
- From the video, it appears that the bad guy did not employ marksmanship based shooting but relied on close range point-shooting and aggressive movementEnglish: Night-time traffic stop on Gregson St in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)during the attack.
- When you must defend yourself, do it with the utmost aggression and without hesitation.
- It is important to be able to sense points of situational vulnerability for both yourself and potential threats.
- Even if you are caught behind the reactionary curve, you must be able to sense when you can turn the situation to your advantage.
- Be aware of locations in which you would be in the most danger of criminal assault.
- For a police officer, there is no such thing as a “routine traffic stop” or domestice violence call.A parking lot with landscaping and a diagonal parking pattern designed for one-way traffic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- For a civilian, parking lots are a common place where criminal assaults occur as well as when getting into and out of a vehicle.
- Distraction can be deadly.
- The attack started with the bad guy shooting Patrolman Schmidt in the face while he was distracted with another task.
- When you are in a location like a parking lot, keep your “head on a swivel” as opposed to chatting on your iPhone or texting.