STUDY: Mandeville, Louisiana, gas station in early April. Aggressive man in gray t-shirt encroaching upon open carry citizen in gas station and is fatally shot. Aggressive man earlier harassing middle eastern station clerk at which time the armed citizen verbally intervened asking him to back off. When citizen went outside to get aggressors license plate number the aggressors focused his attention on citizen. Considerations: 1) Carrying a handgun means ANY confrontation you become involved in can turn lethal 2) Was it necessary for this citizen to intervene? 3) Note the handgun did not scare or deter this aggressor 4) Was lethal force necessary? Could a less lethal option, if available, been employed thus precluding the use of lethal force? 5) Note the proximity, very close, one arms length. Are physical defense skills something to consider? 6) When shot first time it didn't have an immediate effect and two additional shots were required. Note where the clerk was at that time 7) Note citizens shirt: "Protector". Who are you with a gun? 8) Taking the life of someone during a battle, as Law Enforcement working in the capacity of the job or against someone who is actively doing violence to yourself or someone you are responsible for is both legally and ethically justifiable. However, taking the life of a belligerent asshole simply because you have a gun, got involved and didn't have the verbal and/or physical acumen or other force options to deal with such a situation is definitely something to consider. No charges were filed against this armed citizen however he has to live with his actions the rest of his life. #studytrainpracticetest #MDTS #training #lethalforce #decisionmaking
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