Training is a wonderful thing, and I recommend it to everyone. It makes you think about things that you might not otherwise think about, and it makes you think about stuff that you could have done better.
Her post this morning talks about one scenario that went "pear-shaped" (her words) in the aftermath of a shooting scenario. So, let's look at it, shall we?
Guy in the plaid shirt walked up on our hero (in white) and said "Hey, you gotta phone? I need your phone. Gimme your phone and your wallet."It often is ugly, but I have a few observations.
Our hero drew and the bad guy stopped, arms out to his side, and asked "What're you gonna do? Shoot me?" He must've twitched the wrong way, because the good guy promptly did.
It was at that point that things went pear-shaped with the arrival of the Good Samaritan bystander who immediately started Samaritan-ing the wrong dude: "Hey, man! You just shot this guy!" Good Guy tries to explain what happened, while not letting Samaritan get too close. Samaritan interprets Good Guy's refusal to let him get close as being a sketchy guilty dude trying to get away.
Good Samaritan decides he's going to play hero and detain Good Guy for the cops. A tussle for the gun erupts, likely because of Good Guy's understandable reluctance to shoot Good Samaritan, and so Good Samaritan ends up stabbed fuckity-eleven times in the retention fight for the gun. It was ugly.
Plaid Shirt Guy was obviously about to commit a robbery. I don't know what he did to have Good Guy bust a cap in him, but that's not a problem, as long as Good Guy can explain later. I can think of a half-dozen different explanations for popping Plaid Shirt Guy.
But, Good Samaritan is sketchy. In my experience, when someone pops a cap on a city street, the next thing you hear is the flap-flap-flap of feet running down the street. Good Samaritan isn't going to hang around unless he has an attachment to Plaid Shirt Guy. It just ain't gonna happen.
So, if Good Guy, having shot Plaid Shirt Guy, is approached by Good Samaritan, Good Samaritan says "You just shot this guy ".
Good Guy should reply, "Yes I did, and now I'm calling the cops." Good Guy's motivation should be to get the cavalry rolling as fast as possible so that he can tell his side of the story.
This is where the story really gets weird. Good Samaritan decides to detain Good Guy, and goes for the gun. Somehow, a fracas evolves where Good Samaritan gets cut repeatedly. That's not a good deal for anyone, especially for Good Samaritan, who should have butted-out when the gunsmoke was still hanging in the air. I am impressed that Good Guy had a knife. I'm a big fan of carrying a knife and a gun.
And, here is an important point: If you're going to carry a shank, it should be carried on your off-side, and be available for one-handed use. If someone is trying to get your holstered pistol, you want to be able to secure the pistol with your gun-side arm/hand/body, while you go to work with the knife that you can use in the other hand.
I'm sure that Tam will tell us the rest of the story. In my mind, Good Samaritan is sketchy and Good Guy should have already made the call to the police.
But, I'm sure that she'll explain it all in future installments.