What To Do After a Shooting: The First Five Minutes

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In this extended video, PDN Contributor and legal expert Marty Hayes addresses how people should handle the immediate aftermath of a critical incident. Topics include how to notify the authorities, how not to be shot by responding officers, what to expect while you are detained, what to say during that time, and much more.

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12 Responses to “What To Do After a Shooting: The First Five Minutes”
  1. David Gibson

    Superb, and a must watch. Applies not only to a defensive shooting but also to the defensive display of a firearm, and to the use of anything else that one might end up using to defend oneself.

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  2. AJ

    Great video. Only one thing: A .380 IS ABSOLUTELY a 9mm. Sure, we commonly think of 9mm luger when we say “9mm” But its important to know this technicality, especially since this is supposed to be a video about things that may come up in court. Yes, a 90 grain bullet is typically not going to come from a luger, but it could. And a 380 still launches a 9mm bullet. Its just a “short” 9mm

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    • Gary

      AJ…..then you can call the .38 sp, the 38 super, and several others a 9mm. When discussing guns and bullets, it is commonly thought of the sizes I list, along with the .380 are referring to the type of pistol, not the size of the bullet. NOBODY ever refers to a .380 as a “9mm short”, or as a 9mm Luger as a 9mm long.

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    • Mack

      AJ, agreed on the same bullet diameter ( I believe the Germans call .380 “9mm kurz”, meaning short). That said, what he was referring to was the weight. 90 grains is pretty standard weight for .380, the 9mm is usually 115 or 124 grains…all weights being nominal, and before firing/impact, of course.

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  3. CJ

    interesting opinion however it ignores the fact that it doesn’t really matter what the police think. You are going to the police station, no matter what you do. The DA is going to make the call about whether you will be charged and whatever you do say can And will be used against you. You will be in shock and you could easily misspeak while trying to tell the police…which the DA will say is a lie. You can’t take back anything you say.And even if you aren’t charged, police reports are discoverable in civil trials. Keep that in mind.

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  4. JW

    Something that was said about being Mirandazed. Police/Law Enforcement do not have to advise you of your legal rights UNLESS they are asking you questions about the case. Don’t be mislead that you will be Mirandazed when you are arrested. Don’t speak about the case once you realize you are/will be arrested.

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  5. louis spacone

    i would like to see a follow-up video covering how the police may or may not access your electronic media if you are being questioned/arrested.
    i.e. is it best to have your cell phone locked with a password?

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  6. K. L. Jamison

    I disagree with the comment about a wallet card with a statement outline. In 31 years of practice I have never heard of a case where such a card was an element of the prosecution case. I have seen people give improvised stream of consciousness, self-justification and talk themselves into charges.

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  7. Luther

    I use my 9mm to shoot small game and rodents. I use either my 40 or 45 ACP for bigger varmint if need be.

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  8. Michael Payne

    Call your attorney? Who has an attorney on speed dial? Who even knows an attorney? What to do?

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  9. Will Rowell

    Good basic information. What you tell police is most important. This you can control. A Prosecuting Attorney with a political agenda superseding his oath to pursue justice–like District Attorney Mike Nifong is not something you can control.

    Remember too that phone calls from jail can be monitored by police, and this information used against you. Also police have been allowed to lie to the accused in cases: ex Oregon v. Mathiason and Michigan v. Mosley. This does not mean the police are out to get you, but the maxim: “protect yourself at all times” is best followed.

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