“The man who shot two alleged attackers in what Battle Creek police say was self-defense told 24 Hour News 8 that the planned Craigslist deal that brought him to the area seemed normal at first until he and his father were jumped.” There’s a problem right there. Two innocent men meet two strangers for a transaction involving large amounts of cash. At night. What’s wrong with that picture? I’m not victim blaming. I’m simply pointing out that . . .
situational awareness is a way of life.
If you’re meeting someone new to do a deal involving money – and maybe even if it doesn’t involve a financial exchange – why not get a reference first? Or meet them in public? If you can’t ’cause, say, you’re going to their home to see a car, be extra-special careful about your safety. Carrying a gun is, as this story indicates, a capital idea. Bringing an associate is another excellent safeguard. Maintaining physical distance from your new friends is also highly advised.
Other than that, limit the amount of information you provide a 911 operator post-defensive gun use. Remember that everything you say to the 911 operator is recorded and can be used against you in a court of law. Give the operator the bare minimum amount of info needed to secure the scene: your name, location and description, the location of the crime (if different) and the need for police and an ambulance. Always an ambulance (for yourself if no one else).
“My name is Robert Vanderwiel. I’m at —- in Urbandale. There’s been a shooting. Two men are injured. I need police and an ambulance. I’m wearing a blue sweater and glasses. My son is wearing a green T-shirt and jeans. Please get here as soon as possible.” Other than that, provide a description of any perps who got away and the direction they’re headed. “I’ll be waiting on the pavement.”
Done. Hang up.
You are under no obligation to stay on the line and/or explain your actions. If you feel you have to make sure to say “my life was in danger.” But make sure you do everything you can to prevent an attack by not putting yourself into a dangerous position; before, during and after an assault.