If you’ve ever dealt with a car thief (as I have), you know it can be scary but if your attitude, skills, and plan are thought through in advance you can thwart their intent and not put yourself at risk like this homeowner did.
The only information I have on this one is from the original video: https://get-asp.com/q3og and then, if you look up the original channel owner, he lives in Atlanta. https://plus.google.com/u/1/107767944899186231375 So if this is his coworker and his coworker is local, this is from somewhere near Atlanta.
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against car thieves?
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!
- It’s dark for half the day, and bad guys of all kinds love to launch ambushes from the dark. That means, as a self-defender, that part of having good situational awareness involves keeping a flashlight on your person. That flashlight doesn’t have to be crazy tacticool and shouldn’t be firearm-mounted, because its purpose is to help you see at night to give you better awareness of any potential threats far before they can hurt you. A VERY compact option that runs on AAs is this Streamlight: http://amzn.to/1U9S39H and I carry this 1000 lumen Fenix: http://amzn.to/1S73jjb which is rechargeable and has multiple modes of brightness. A middle ground that I have used very effectively is this Olight: http://amzn.to/29htS3q. I highly recommend a flashlight for everyone, simply as an awareness tool at night. Keep that flashlight near your home defense gun so that you can positively identify threats!
- In almost all instances and jurisdictions you cannot use deadly physical force to defend property. (Texas is the rare exception to this, but recognize that TPC 9.42 has some significant limitations) Even in cases where you COULD use deadly physical force to defend property, it’s worth considering whether it is WISE to use deadly physical force because of the risk to yourself and to any bystanders that could come because you choose to continue to engage the criminal(s). That doesn’t usually apply to occupied buildings and cars because of the inherent value of the people inside of them, and the defense of property does vary considerably from state to state as to what’s acceptable. Please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction to be sure that you understand the laws of your area!
- The “fleeing felon rule” generally applies to Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties, and since 1985’s Tennessee vs. Garner decision the ability to use deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felon by LEO has been limited to cases where the officer has probable cause to believe that the fleeing felon is a continuing threat of serious physical harm to the officer or the public. However, how that law applies to non-LEO varies state by state. Make sure to know your local laws so that you know the limitations of shooting a fleeing felon, especially if you’re not a police officer.
- Warning shots are a terrible idea with a firearm. In most jurisdictions they are illegal because they amount to an unnecessary discharge of a deadly weapon, which is reckless and negligent. (they’re legal in some cases in Florida, and I think that’s it, but as always I am not a lawyer so check your local laws) If it is serious enough to fire the firearm, that shot better go into whatever threat is deadly enough to warrant it! A warning shot, even if legal, is a bad idea because it endangers others from the projectile, ricochet, and spall; it lowers your available ammunition to actually stop the threat; it takes your firearm away from being on an ostensibly deadly threat; it violates the rules of firearms safety never to put your finger on the trigger unless you’re on the target and intend to fire.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.