That combo made him utterly unfazed when the officer hit him with .40S&W rounds 3 times. Are you prepared for your handgun not to stop the threat the first, second, or third time?
As with all officer involved shootings in the US, there are a lot of news stories about this one. https://get-asp.com/76j2 gives the basics. https://get-asp.com/8lct shows the name of the officer, victim, and suspect. https://get-asp.com/c05a reports the returned “no bill” from the grand jury on the officer’s conduct (which is a good thing). https://get-asp.com/d5xo has a statement about the incident from Lufkin PD in the description.
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a person who is high?
- Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up!
- As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it! The victim here was instrumental in saving his own life because he fought this zombie hard to keep from being stabbed to death.
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers.
- Marksmanship in a real deadly force encounter might mean that you need to be ready to make a precision shot on a threat, and you must be prepared emotionally and skill-wise to do so. Shooting a threat in the face, a target the size of a 3×5 card, under stress is no small feat! To be able to stop a terrorist attack or hostage situation, though, it is a necessary skill and you should train and practice your marksmanship until it is second nature. A good standard is Dave Spaulding’s “Skill on Demand” drill, which involves 2 shots in 2 seconds at 20 feet, in a 3×5 card.
- The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.