So today I’m reading a short piece in a forum. The writer is telling everyone that after a shooting (self-defense, home setting, etc) that the person who defended themselves and shot the attacker should not call 9-1-1. He says that you (the shooter) should have someone else call 9-1-1. Preferably your attorney. The reason for this is that all 9-1-1 calls are recorded, will be scooped up by news jerks, and the recording will come back to haunt you.
I’m not so sure that was good advice, at least for the vast majority of people who have to protect themselves with fire.
Unlike the person on the forum, I do believe that if you are put into a position where you have to defend your family with deadly force and the attacker is lying dead in the doorway (or wherever) that the obvious thing to do would be to call 9-1-1, BUT, don’t be talking non-stop after the dispatcher answers. Report simply what has happened, where the address is. Answer the questions the dispatcher needs to ask, but don’t get hysterical, don’t swear, don’t volunteer unrequested info.
The VERY BEST time to call 9-1-1 is before the attacker actually gets into your home! Get the dispatcher on the phone, report what is happening, the address, and leave the line open as you engage the aggressor with whatever level of force is required to protect your family and yourself.
The 9-1-1 line is a recorded line. Read that twice. Whatever you say, and how you say it, will be recorded and available to the whole world. There used to be an old TV program where the detective repeated these words over and over:
“Just the facts, Ma`am”. Very good advice. Stick to the facts.
“BUT”, do call 9-1-1 as soon as you know there is a threat. And just stick to the facts.