The above incident is incomplete. We only have the poster’s word for what happened before this encounter. One thing’s for sure: there are only a few circumstance (e.g., a kidnpapping) where chasing a criminal is a good idea. Bad guys have a lot more to lose than you do. And they’re practiced in the fine art of being a criminal, with all the violence that implies.
The question here: can you keep your cool? I’m not just talking about putting yourself in the shoes of the South African whose child was [presumably] pepper-sprayed. I’m referring to the security guard who did the exact right thing by putting the car between himself and his pursuer. Do you trust yourself in a potentially violent encounter? If so, why? Previous experience?
Note: some commentators are saying that the guard shouldn’t have drawn his gun unless he was in imminent danger. I’m not so sure he wasn’t in imminent danger at the start (having been chased and rushed) and then not. At which point not shooting and using the car as a barricade made perfect sense. FWIW I wouldn’t have reholstered either, especially as the aggrieved Dad was shouting SHOOT ME!