Question on use of force

{{Wasnt sure where to ask this}}

Hello! I have a question about use of force. I was a little confused in class but I also seen a video from an attorney said something about this being a bad thing.

Question is;

If someone is coming at you and there is no way to escape.
When you draw your firearm, can you give them warning by telling them stop or I’ll shoot? And if they do stop and begin to retreat without needing to fire a shot at them, can that lead to any legal issues?

Cuz this one attorney in this ohio CCW video said if you use your firearm as an intimidation that can lead to charges?


That’s a great question, @Jonathan30!

If someone is coming at you and you are in imminent, unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm and draw your firearm to defend yourself and the threat stops and runs away, call the police!

Being the first to call the police to say what happened can make all of the difference. If the attacker is the first to call the police, they will present the situation completely differently.

If you’re a USCCA Member, you’re going to want to call the critical response team 877-677-1919 and follow the prompts and they will arrange for an attorney. You will probably have to make a statement about the self-defense situation.

If someone is willing to break the law to attack you to the point where you’re afraid for your life, they’re probably not going to have any issue lying to the police.

This thread may be of more assistance too, No shot, no 911 call needed?

Does that help, @Jonathan30?


Yes that helps a lot!
I was really curious about that and I was confused by a video I saw online and what went through in class. I’ll check out that other thread too.


Dawn is absolutely right; call 911 immediately. You should also work out in your head what you should and should not say in advance. in or following a high stress event it helps to have a practiced short response to give the 911 operator. Remember, the call will be recorded and if it goes to court will be used against you if possible.