Viper I really appreciate your comments. I have been in similar situations. I once responded to a shooting of two drug dealers who sold powdered sugar to some people. The buyers objected and we had two dead dealers. I suggested that the case should be handled under workers compensation as getting shot was an occupational hazard when you sell fake dope.
Your comments on response times parallel my experience in Apache County AZ.
The only difference is we don't have paved roads. Many times the Sheriff must respond across 4 wheel drive trails. In my case response time from the sheriffs office is 2 hours and it is 35 miles away.