* Why and how *
by Kim Foster
Here's the scenario: you've just been forced to shoot an attacker in a public venue. Parking lot, store, whatever. Anybody with any training knows that after you neutralize the threat, you wait for the police to arrive. If you are a law enforcement officer, you wait for more cops to arrive. There is, however, one important thing you need to do immediately after the shooting to insure your survival...a Post-shooting assessment. Incorporated in your post-shooting assessment should be a 360 degree scan of the area, looking for additional threats. Never assume your attacker was acting alone.
My Post Shooting Assessment is prioritized as follows:
The 360 Scan: to an extent, your environment will dictate your tactics. Here are a couple techniques that should be adequate for most situations:
While conducting the frontal scan (twelve to five back to eight o'clock) your pistol should be in a low ready position. You should be looking over the sights, not through them. The pistol should be low enough so you can see the hands of anyone that may be a threat. As you turn to check your rear, move the pistol to a compressed indoor ready position (forearms high on your stomach, muzzle pointed about four feet in front of your toes), a retention position, or position SUL (left side of weapon placed on the back of the non-shooting hand. Non-shooting hand sandwiched between pistol and your stomach with your thumbs touching. See photo). This is done for two reasons:
Perform the scan rapidly so you aren't caught unaware by additional adversaries but focus on what your doing. If you make eye contact with bystanders, you will appear more threatening and that may not be a good thing. The hands are the threat indicators, focus on their hands. That guy with his hand behind his back, is he holding a gun or shielding a child?
Once you have determined there are no more threats, place your weapon back in your holster and again state that you shot in self-defense and need the police. Also call 911 yourself.
This is the method I've come up with after a lot of thought and research and some force on force. I welcome your questions and comments and opinions here on the forum.
The author has spent a combined total of 23 years in the military and Federal Law Enforcement. He has served as a Sniper and Entry Team member on a US Air Force Emergency Services Team. He has been employed by the private security firm ‘Vance International' where he was member of the security and transport detail at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington DC. He is currently employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he holds positions as Firearms Instructor and Disturbance Control Team member. Kim has taken classes from several schools including H&K and has a master class rating from the Chapman Academy and is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.