Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shooting Is Over

Once the shooting stops, the injured are tended to and it’s all over, what do you do? One of the first things you need to do is to talk to your union representative. Don’t talk too much to responding officers and don’t talk too much to your supervisor or to your detectives. Talk to your union representative and ask to speak to an attorney. The department will look at what you have done, the district attorney will review your case, maybe the state attorney general and perhaps the FBI will all review your shooting. Talk to your union representative and then talk to your attorney.

After a shooting is over and everyone is safe you need to begin the process of accurately reporting the facts of the incident. You will need to speak to your attorney so he can assist you in the proper reporting of the incident. Shooting incidents are very complex. Officers often have tunnel vision, tunnel hearing, disruptions is perceptions of time, distance, space, and sometimes get the sequence of events confused. A proper attorney can assist your efforts in getting your story recorded accurately and completely.

Even if you have not been hit by gunfire you may need medical attention. Your heart rate can be very elevated. You may be hyperventilating. You could be in danger of a stroke or heart attack as a result of your being involved in the shooting. You may need to seek medical attention before you do much else. Be aware of your rights and survive the shooting and the post-shooting; that’s what the SGT Says.

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