How are they armed? If these are a couple of gangsta types, with a Jennings .25ACP each, then the hunt is on. I have the advantages of surprise, and knowing the layout. On the other hand, if it is a couple of rogue SWAT troopers, I may try to sit tight and hope for the best. Of course in any case, if they go for the stairs, I have people I am responsible for and sitting tight is no longer an option.
The test of character is not 'hanging in' when you expect light at the end of the tunnel, but performance of duty, and persistence of example when you know no light is coming.
- Vice Admiral James Stockdale, USN (ret.)