If you’ve taken a conceal carry handgun course with Black Diamond Firearms and Training then you know what these letters mean. If you ever experience a DGU – Defensive Gun Use, we insist you STFU!
Here’s why. As you can expect unless you’re a trained assassin your heart rate and head will likely both be traveling a mile a minute. If your DGU results in a dead person or persons, thoughts about what happened, why it happened, even feelings of fear and guilt may be overwhelming your rational mind in that moment.
YOU WILL NOT SERVE YOUR INTERESTS IN THAT MOMENT if you talk to POLICE WITHOUT LEGAL COUNSEL. This is not an anti-law enforcement post. This is a PRO-keep-your-freedom post. Here some things you should know, if when you have DGU:
- This is important: If your attackers are deceased call your attorney first. If they’re alive or you think they’re alive (perhaps they fled the scene visibly wounded), call 911 first.
- When you call 911, simply give them the facts: Who you are, where you are and what happened. No more, no less.
- You are very likely going to jail at that time. Rarely do persons involved in a shooting go home or get to stay home. Whether by invitation or handcuffed in the back of a squad car, you should get it in your mind that you may be arrested.
- This does not mean you will stay there. If you can make bail, if necessary, do so. If you’re afforded a phone call, call your attorney (if you haven’t already). Or call someone who can get you an attorney.
- From the moment police arrive you politely state and restate that you are not answering any questions at this time and you wish to speak to an attorney. If you are questioned while in custody don’t answer any questions. Request your attorney, over and over again, until they leave you alone.
Officers will attempt to cajole you, bait you, intimidate you, or otherwise convince you to give a statement or worse, tell your side of the story. DON’T DO IT. Let your lawyer defend your innocence, if necessary. Don’t be indicted or worse convicted because the night of the shooting you gave a statement that is now being used by the prosecution against you. REMEMBER anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. (Cue the Law & Order sound effect)