From Kevin’s latest Should I Shoot blog post:
There is a marked police cruiser nearby, and as you try to walk past minding your own business, the crowd parts just enough for you to see an incredibly violent struggle taking place at the center of the crowd. You stop for a better look and realize something very serious is happening here. The scent of OC spray is in the air and you see the coiled wires of TASER probes being dragged around as the fight continues. The spectators, possibly sensing that things are getting really dangerous, begin to back away as the officer struggles to get the subject under control. You recognize the man as the same guy who was sitting on the ground muttering when you walked in.
With a twisting motion, the man fighting with the officer is able to break one hand free and deliver a crushing blow to the officer’s face. Instantly following the punch, the subject drives the officer hard into the wall, and you hear the cop’s head hit the brick just as she slumps forward.
The attacker clearly now has the upper hand. As the officer begins to fall forward from the debilitating blow to her head, the attacker reaches for her belt and begins tugging at something. You see the criminal pulling on the officer’s holster as she struggles to control her gun. But the attacker sees another weapon and grabs the cop’s expandable baton. He flicks it open and begins beating the officer on the back and upside her already bloody head. She is trying to shield herself from the blows but is clearly stunned and unable to fight.
Would you shoot?
- Reach for your phone and call 911 to report that an officer is in trouble.
- Charge forward and tackle the man who is swinging the baton.
- Draw your pistol and order the man to stop the assault.
- Draw your pistol and fire immediately.