This week I taught Law Enforcement Carbine Vitals I and II at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association Annual Conference in Sandusky Ohio.   The conference had over 1,000 officers Numerous US states and many officers from Canada in attendance.  I was there to teach, but I was able to sit in on lectures the day before my class.  There were many notable speakers dropping knowledge bombs all day, but the one that stood to me the most was by Lt. Brian Murphy.

Lt. Murphy was the first responding officer to the Sikh Temple shooting that took place on August 5th 2012.

Lt. Murphy was shot through the face and neck almost immediately upon arrival at the scene. He was shot a total of 17 times during the engagement, but continued to fight.  His fellow officers arrived and took down the gunman.  One of those officers was a seasoned medic who was able to stabilize Murphy.

In a gravely whisper, Murphy explained the events as they unfolded and provided information on lessons learned from the event.

I wasn’t able to find the exact video and radio traffic that Murphy used in his lecture, but I urge you to read up on the event and lessons learned, especially if your lifestyle involves the use of force in any way.

Read a Police One Article about previous lecture here.

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Do you train to fight with one hand?

Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics and contributor, discusses one hand shooting techniques in the first video then puts them in context in the second.  There are a lot of take aways here.

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This video contains a lot of good information for the armed citizen. John from Active Self Protection hit a lot of good points in his assessment of the confrontation. The only thing I have to add is the likely reason the armed citizen was not charged with a crime in this shooting despite his actions that resulted in the death of one assailant.

One man can not effectively defend himself against the number of attackers in the video. Based on the video evidence, I feel that it is safe to say that the armed citizen was facing deadly force. Had he not been armed, he would have been able to protect himself. Disparity of force reasoning can be applied to multiple attackers who place one in fear for his or life or it could be a sheer strength and size equation. A 220 lbs man could surely inflict deadly force upon a 110 lbs woman (in most cases). Those are just some examples of disparity of force.

Obviously these principles do not apply in every country or location, so do your due diligence in understanding of the laws of your land and how they may effect your ability to defend yourself.

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In broad daylight and apparently with children near by.  These animals have absolutely no reverence for human life especially not yours or mine.   These men have not a single care for the potential consequences or the safety of others.

News report can be found here.

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Other than suicide by cop, what compelled this man to exit the vehicle with a rifle to allegedly attack the small army of law enforcement officers surrounding him? Did he think he was going to fight his way out?  Did he not care either way?
I would like to see some compiled data on all toxicology reports from violent criminals and to see it collected on arrest for said compilation.  There is some research that suggests a strong link between drugs (including alcohol) and violence.  Some may feel that it’s common sense, while others disagree entirely.

I have no way of knowing if this suspect was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, this is merely an attempt to understand the mind of a violent criminal.
The news report can be seen here.

More details on what led to the chase here.
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