Defense Tactics

What to Say to 911 Operator After Shooting Incident

What Am I Supposed to Tell the 911 Operator If I’m Ever Involved in a Self-Defense Shooting?

If you’re ever involved in a self-defense incident, you need to know what to say during your 911 call. In this week’s “Ask an Attorney” video, criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve answers this frequently asked question from responsible gun owners: “What am I supposed to say on my call to 911 if I’m ever involved in a self-defense incident with my gun?”

What Am I Supposed to Tell the 911 Operator If I’m Ever Involved in a Self-Defense Shooting?

As a former state prosecutor, Tom knows what a huge impact a 911 call recording can have on a criminal case.

In this week’s video, Tom highlights a few factors to consider during your 911 call. Bad information during a 911 call recording can negatively impact any potential self-defense case. Some of the top tips from this week’s video are:

  1. Identify yourself clearly as the victim of an attack.
  2. Clearly communicate who the person was that attacked you, where he or she fled to and if he or she is armed with any weapon, such as a firearm.
  3. Follow all police instructions when they arrive on the scene, as it is critical for you to survive that next encounter.
  4. Point out any major pieces of evidence that the police need to be aware of, such as the weapon the attacker used that forced you to act in self-defense.

About Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former Wisconsin state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC — now one of the largest criminal defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor, participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos, and even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations, and both college and law school campuses.

This article was first published at US Concealed Carry Blog.

Additional Notes from Moms & Guns

This is so true.  The only thing I’d add to the list above when you’re on the phone with the dispatcher is to describe yourself, what you’re wearing, etc., especially if the perpetrator is wounded and you are holding them secured until the police arrive.  Do not hang up on the dispatcher but communicate that you will holster your firearm now that you see the police have arrived on the scene.

The minute an incident has occurred and you are safely calling the police, your immediate mindset should shift to your destiny and how this incident will affect the rest of your life – finances, reputation, family security in the days ahead, etc.  If you are prudent, you will have already lived this possibility out in your mind and you are a member of the USCCA Legal program – so all will be much better for you and your family.

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