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Old March 25, 2012, 02:42 PM   #12
Frank Ettin
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Originally Posted by 9mm
This video brings up long range shooting, if this was in a (ccw) state and the guy was armed, that would be a long shot/30yards?
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Originally Posted by GaryH
9mm, the guy's running away and you shoot him? In the back?
If our victim were armed (Louisiana is a "shall issue" State), proficient, highly skilled, and able to immediately access and use his gun, he might have had an opportunity to fire as the mugger was running towards him.

The victim had about two seconds from the time he turned and could have first seen the mugger running towards him to the mugger being about seven to ten yards away. The mugger appeared to have a gun even at the distance at which he could have first been seen. Had the victim been armed and skilled, he might well have been able to recognize the threat, sidestep, draw and fire in about two seconds.

While the mugger was running, he was running towards in a fairly straight line, thus presenting a fair target. And even though the mugger appeared to be armed, his gun was sort of waving around, off line and not in firing position as he ran. Had the victim sidestepped, and fired, it's unlikely that the mugger would have perceived what was happening and been able to react quickly enough to return fire.

BUT

[1] To pull that off, our victim would need to be highly skilled and well trained.

[2] And he'd have some serious explaining to do. Depending on all the circumstances, it could be fairly straight forward, or very difficult, for our victim to establish that he was justified in using lethal force. While I think he'd probably be able to make a good case for justification, it could wind up being expensive, time consuming, stressful and highly disruptive of his life were he to have to do so.

[3] He's probably best off the way things turned out.
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