THE AFTERMATH: How Can We Plan and Prepare?

The Aftermath Is Just As Crucial As The Confrontation.

Here at Defense Actions, the subject of what comes after a self-defense situation or “the aftermath” has been noted.  The idea that just getting a gun and/or a concealed carry permit is “enough” and nothing else is needed has been the subject of articles on training and preparedness and will doubtless be addressed again.  In my on-going contemplation and study of self-defense, a few things keep coming forward.

Nationally recognized expert Massad Ayoob has written numerous articles and several books that cover the aftermath of a self-defense confrontation.  What to say, when to say anything and to whom, is reviewed through his years of experience as a trainer and expert witness for citizens and law enforcement in the courtroom.  In several of his works, the following items are highlighted:

  • Don’t ask for a lawyer immediately…cops watch TV and will often react as media portrays the events.
  • Don’t panic and run away.  That looks like admission of guilt.

The Aftermath, According to Massad Ayoob

Ayoob also offers several other words of counsel; His five steps are highlighted in my courses and in many other training courses.  Let’s look at them.  He calls them the five bare-bones statements.

  • First: “This person attacked me.”  That makes it clear from the beginning that you are the Victim and the person you were forced to shoot is the Perpetrator.
  • Second: “I will sign the complaint and press charges.”  You’re speaking the cop’s language and further locking in the facts of “who’s who” and “what’s what”: you are the Good Guy or Gal and the person on the ground is the Bad Guy.
  • Third: Point out the evidence.  If you don’t, it can disappear or get moved.
  • Fourth: Point out the witnesses.  Their words may well exonerate you, but the general public fears reprisal by the genuine criminals who attacked you and may well be reluctant to come forward on their own.  The only way to be sure that testimony, which may exonerate you, will be taken is for you to point out to police the witnesses who saw you shoot your attacker in self-defense.
  • Fifth and critically important: “Officer, you’ll have my full cooperation after I’ve spoken to counsel.”   Stick to that like name, rank, and serial number.

The Aftermath Interview RoomExperts tell us that it will be a minimum of 24 to perhaps 72 hours before you’ll be in any condition to deal with a full interrogation.  And that interrogation (the more politically correct term “interview” is used now) should not take place until you’ve discussed it with your attorney in depth.  Nor should it take place, in Ayoob’s opinion, without the attorney right there with you.  He also says that a legal stenographic service’s camcorder should be rolling to record it for your side just in case.  Most of this is taken from Ayoob’s article in the February 2009 issue of Combat Handguns.  As mentioned, these steps have appeared in several places.  His columns, books and articles are extremely valuable when seeking to get the best information on the aftermath, or, this area of concern.

The Aftermath Must Be Considered And Prepared For!

What happens after the gun is used or fired in defense of life is often not considered by the gun owner or permit holder.  In watching the evolution of how to respond to the aftermath, I’ve observed several things. 

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