In December, 1881 an officer was in a shootout and killed a man. Later, the same officer was acquitted of any wrong doing in the shootout. In August, 1882 the officer and his father were confronted by family members of the man he shot and both the officer and his father were killed. His assailants were also acquitted of the officers’ murder. Eventually, the subjects were in turn killed in an unrelated shootout.
If you are involved in a major incident with a suspect, particularly if you are forced to shoot a suspect, it is best to try to stay away from his family members. They may try to exact revenge against you. They may try to confront you in some way. In today’s’ society it is best to allow other officers to confront those family members. The family may try to provoke you into making spontaneous utterances that will be designed to make you look guilty of a crime or make it appear as if your original shooting was unjustified.
It is best to not make any statements about the shooting to anyone without the approval of your representative. If you are confronted by family members, you should remain silent and make every reasonable effort to withdraw to a safe location. If you are contacted by relatives, then be sure to report the contact to your supervisor and your representative. You don’t want a police shooting to become the beginning of a series of shootings and assaults; that’s what the SGT Says.