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Be Prepared for the Threat
However, if you are forced to use your personal protection firearm, remember why and when it is justified. Be well prepared and have yourself in a trained state. When gunfights take place, most folks shooting skill levels go down a bit because of the excitement of the moment. You will fare much better if you have practiced at a range with your technique and marksmanship. It also really doesn't matter how many shots you make, it's how many "good shots" you take. The object of your firing is to "STOP THE THREAT". When the threat is no longer present, be sure you have called for law enforcement, EMS and try to get yourself together and be as poised as possible, for clear thinking and good judgment.
Secure your weapon
When the police or EMS crews arrive at the scene, also remember, they are not sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. The worst thing you can be doing when law enforcement arrives is waving a gun around. After the encounter, replace your gun into the holster securely or put the gun in a safe place so arriving law enforcement do not fear you as a "bad guy".
You Have the Right to An Attorney (Use It)
When ask, what happened, be careful to not get caught up in the emotion of the moment and start ranting or raving. Too much detail or a misspoken representation of what happened at this point, may not fair well for you in a court of law later. Keep the statement brief, and let law enforcement know that you will be of utmost assistance after speaking with your lawyer. Get legal advise first, speak later.
Many experts say to write down your statement to get it right the first time.
It is very important to law enforcement that you were afraid for your personal safety or another, and felt in "imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm" and "your life was being threatened".
Note; We are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice but it is clear that you should never use deadly force without feeling in fear for your life, or serious injury.
Some experts say it is important to insist to the investigating officers that your attacker be arrested immediately, to add to the officers preliminary investigation records that helps indicate you felt his/her threat was life threatening, and he or she belong in jail. Best bet is wait for your lawyer before making a statement.
Lawyer Attached to Every Bullet
Remember: A lawyer is attached to every bullet and the best way to avoid hours of explaining your behavior in the court house, is to avoid situations that may become dangerous with other security precautions and/or a retreat plan to avoid the danger. Only use the handgun as a last resort to prevent death or serious injury.