In your recent post Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Over-Penetrate a Room, you laid out a couple of scenarios. One was that there was a non-moving person laying on the floor during a home invasion. The other scenario added your screaming daughter in another room that you could not see. Your response to both scenarios is the same, walk out of the house and wait for backup. I get that you also say that there are lots of variables and that each experience may vary. But I think the main point was; don’t over-commit. Don’t go into any room you don’t have to. But in both of those situations, you have to go into the room . . .
Someone lying on the floor while someone else screams in another room is hardly a rare occurence. In fact, I’m sure it happens here in the US many times a day. As both a soldier and as a medical care provider, both here in Texas as well as multiple times in other countries as a soldier, I have experienced the situations you have listed above, except that it wasn’t my child, it was someone else’s.
The reality is that in both situations, there may be no threat to your life at all, and the only threat that may exist to either the person laying on the ground or the girl screaming is the lack of medical care for injuries they may have suffered. In fact, this is the most likely scenario.
Again, it happens every day here in this country. Your action of simply leaving the scene and waiting for the police to arrive, instead of assessing the situations and assisting with whatever medical care your can provide, will dramatically reduce the survivability of both of those injured. You may very well hear your daughter stop screaming because you waited for her to bleed out and die when there was actually no threat present.
The video you showed is good, and has some great tips for people, but doesn’t match your scenario at all, because the instructor continues to go from room to room. This is one place where police style room clearing techniques fail. If you are in your home already, and you have the people who are valuable to you in that room and not in need of immediate medical attention, don’t leave the room again.
Note I didn’t say don’t leave the house, I said don’t leave the room. You’ve already taken risks to get there, if you don’t have to get someone to medical attention or get another person, don’t take those same risks to get out. If someone wants to come get you, make them walk through that fatal funnel to do it.
In the basic scenario you proposed, upon seeing a person laying in the room, I would have treated them as a possible threat and approached that possible threat. I would have provided an abbreviated medical assessment to determine level of consciousness and mobility.
At that point, I would get that person out of the room. For the most part, that removes them as an immediate threat. If they can move themselves, I’d tell them to get out and watch them until they are out and away. If not, I’d drag them out of the house, provide immediate life saving care, call 911, then continue to clear the house only if there was an immediate need.
Someone screaming in the house is an immediate need. You don’t leave threats unaccounted for, and you don’t leave the wounded lying there to die either.
At that point in the scenario, your daughter screaming in another room, there are so many variables to go through. Many of them have to do with if she is communicating effectively or just screaming, or if there is someone else in the house attempting to verbally communicate. We can war game that out all day, but just walking away and hoping for the best is not a responsible option.