A> Is he in my home? Call the police.
- Pull firearm. Begin ready position.
- Call 9.1.1 and leave receiver open. (Hopefully they pick up in time.)
- Loudly announce: “I don’t know who the hell you are. I will use deadly force. Get out!”
- Announce for 9.1.1 operator: “I am so & so; I’m at **. Someone broke into my house. I consider them a threat to me (and my family).”
- If I see them, I point the barrel at them.
- If they retreat, I stand still and wait.
- If they don’t I repeat: “You are a threat; I will shoot.”
- If they approach I pull the trigger at them. (Warning shots are dangerous and stupid.)
B> Is he in my home with my kids/family/loved ones? Call the police and then see if I can get my family out (if he doesn’t know they’re there)
- Don’t move anyone. They should be taught to move to a secure place. Your full attention must be on the situation. It takes the brain 3 seconds to fully reorient between “fight or fight” scenarios.
(Follow A, above.)
C> Is he in my car? Call the police and take pictures/video with my cell phone.
This is fine as long as:
- the car is pointed away from you.
- the perpetrator does not his/her hands out of visibility.
D> Is he in my car with my kids? I find a way to get my kids out of the car and to safety - I would engage somehow.
This is far different. I would try to involve 9.1.1, but foremost I have to protect. I would shoot.