Wednesday, January 10, 2007

After Shooting Someone....Good Advice

The LawDog is not only an excellent humorist, but a bona-fide LEO. He has some thoughts about what to do after you've shot a home-invader and killed him.

Not a pleasant thought, eh? Yah. I don't want to be there, either. But as the Boy Scouts say, "Be Prepared."

Some excerpts:

If you spend any time at all on the various gun forums of the World Wide Web sooner or later the conversation will come around to "What to do after a shoot".

The advice given by anonymous figures riding the electron waves of the Internet can be ... amusing. At best. At worst, some of the advice given will guarantee that the shooter will be hip-deep in legal trouble for the next lifetime.

First off -- and I cannot stress this enough -- anyone who carries, or owns, a gun or a knife needs to know a lawyer.

If you should find it necessary to help a critter into his next incarnation, ...please call 911 as soon as possible.

The very next thing you should do is pull out that lawyer's card and call him (or her). I don't care how justifiable the killing was. I don't care if you're in Deepinahearta, Texas and the deceased is laying in the middle of your living room floor with an axe in one hand and a detailed murder list in the other. Call your lawyer.

Whatever you do, please, please, please do not greet the police while holding a pistol in your hand. Or a knife, bludgeon, broken bottle, chainsaw or whatever else you used to shove your critter in front of his Eternal Maker.

There's plenty more, as well as a followup post. Worth reading.

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