View Full Version : a thought on holding a BG

April 30, 2002, 10:37 AM
So I am driving along just thinking about guns and situations, I guess just some mental exercises. The question I thought of that I had no idea how to answer is this- Once the BG is subdued (say in your house) without a shooting (I know that most of the time, the guy would not be among the living, but in this case the BG is). you have told BG to stay there (however subdued), and you call the cops. You intend to hold him there until the good guys arrive. How do you do so? What if the BG decides he doesn't want to listen and gets up and tries to run? You have already made sure he is unarmed, and now he is attempting to run out of your house. Perhaps the answer is "he's still in your house, thanks for playing." What if you are on the phone with the police at the time? How about if this is not in the home, but say in a parking lot or convenience store? You get the idea. Legal answers? LEO answers? anybody?

April 30, 2002, 10:52 AM
As soon as he moves, he becomes a threat again. When he's first getting up from the prone position (you DO have him flat on his face, right?) you don't know what his intentions are or where he's headed.

But if he's up and heading out the door already, and clearly not trying to harm you, shooting would be uncalled for. Just watch him and give the police good directions to where to find him.

April 30, 2002, 11:10 AM
If you're 100% sure he is disarmed, no longer a threat and lying on the ground, slide him a pair of cuffs and have him cuff himself to either the nearest hard object, or right wrist to left ankle (so running would be extremely hard).


Jeff White
April 30, 2002, 12:25 PM
Never approach the BG and try to cuff or otherwise restrain him. For a peace officer this is the most dangerous process in making an arrest. Many people who are otherwise cooperative will absolutely go ballistic when they are restrained. Depending on how your actions play out with the states attorney, you could be adding a charge of unlawful restraint to anything else the states attorney deems appropriate.

If possible, stay in a covered and concealed position and wait for help to arrive. If the BG gets up to run, let him. If he get's up and moves toward you, then take appropriate action to defend yourself.


Jay Baker
April 30, 2002, 01:49 PM
What Jeff White said! NEVER get into the BG's "kill zone," if it is at all possible. Prone him out, face away from you. Don't try and "handcuff" him either. With what? BGs practice to disarm cops when they are doing body searches and handcuffing. Some of them are very, very good at it, too.

How do you know he's disarmed?? You didn't try and search him yourself, did you??????? Don't get in his "kill zone."

Not speaking for anyone but myself, if he's proned, and begins to try and get up, I'll shoot him immediately.

I say again, don't get in the BGs "kill zone."


April 30, 2002, 02:28 PM
By my post, I meant to supply him with the handcuffs by sliding them along the floor and having him cuff himself, with the distance between us never closing.


George Hill
April 30, 2002, 03:01 PM
If you HAVE to approach the BG:
Order him onto the ground... face down. Order him to put his hands behind his head and interlace his fingers.
Tell him if he moves, you will have to shoot him. That isn't a threat, its a fact.
Once he is there, approach him from the side he is facing away from. Grab all his fingers together and hold them firmly like that. He wont be able to pull his hands apart. Place a knee low on his kneck, almost between his shoulder blades.
You have him pinned and immoble.
If he gets frisky, you apply pressure with your hands on his fingers, and press down on his neck. If he is still getting frisky, just freaking crush his throat... If he is that stupid, just remove him from the gene pool. Generally, if you already have him in that position, he will remain compliant... but don't count on it.
You can hold him with one hand and do a cursory pat down with the other hand.

The words of caution are wise ones... this is a risky move. Generally cops only do this if they have another officer covering. Arrest Control is a dangerous business. I have a torn rotor cuff in my right shoulder that has never and will never heal right - which I got from just doing arrest control in my police acadamy. I was hurt bad. Very badly... But I was still lucky - it could have been worse. This isn't something you play around at. It's deadly serious.
Your not just "Holding The Guy". Don't even try unless you are absolutely sure you can do it - and your ready to take that guys life if you have to. If your not - just tell the dude to run away and give a discription to the cops when they arrive.

Jeff White
April 30, 2002, 03:07 PM

I understood that. I see a couple problems with that. The first is that if you are in a questionable situation or one that could be turned into one by a clever attorney, you may be buying more trouble by restraining the poor disoriented drunk who mistakenly stumbled into your house . You've already taken control of the situation here additional actions could be viewed by the prosecutor or a private attorney in a civil suit as being over the top. You know more about the political climate where you're at then I do, so maybe it would be no problem with the prosecutor and any local judges would throw a civil suit against you out as baseless. The other problem is; if he's really unarmed, you've just armed him. Handcuffs can be pretty effective improvised weapons.

gorlitsa, Jay;

He's not really bought and paid for if he tries to get up. You don't know that he's getting up to attack you. If you were to shoot while the BG is in the process of getting up, it's going to look an awful lot like an execution. That's why I recommend keeping your distance and waiting until the BG actually moves toward you before taking additional action. The laws as they pertain to citizens arrest and how you can use force to defend your life or property are different throughout the country so I think it's best NOT to take any action that could be construed as excessive. Remember, the people who will decide if your actions were excessive, won't have the massive adreneline infusion that you just had while you successfully defended your life and home. They will make their judgement from the comfort of their office and the actual physical evidence. If it looks like you shot the BG while he was down, it's going to come out as an execution. Much better to let the BG escape then be charged with murder in the worst case or be sued civilly for wrongful death in the best case.


April 30, 2002, 03:14 PM
I agree with others about not attempting to restrain the BG.

Why would you attempt to restrain the person if you're not a LEO? If BG moves toward me and presents a threat of harm/death, then I deal with it at that point. If he runs, I give police a physical description.

No more, no less.

April 30, 2002, 03:15 PM
I agree with others about not attempting to restrain the BG.

Why would you attempt to restrain the person if you're not a LEO?

If BG moves toward me and presents a threat of harm/death, then I take appropriate steps to protect myself. If he runs, I give police a physical description.

No more, no less.

April 30, 2002, 05:51 PM
Great topic and replys. I would add to stay on the phone to 911 until the LEO's do arrive.
Let the BG and 911 operator know that you are armed; and that if the BG moves you will have to assume that he has reason to believe that he can overpower / disarm you. If he makes such a response you will be forced to stop him.

April 30, 2002, 06:32 PM
One thing to consider too is that sliding a guy handcuffs is a bad idea in that you have now armed him again. What's this? Handcuffs a weapon you say? Highly unlikely? :) That's what I thought too until I saw one of our trainers swing a set of chained cuffs and they went right through drywall like it was nothing, tearing a rather large hole. Remeber that that could be your head. George Hill's comments are correct in that if you are going to cuff, you need to do it yourself. It is dangerous to do so without someone covering you, but it can be done.

April 30, 2002, 09:03 PM
after they're subdued, a good buttstroke from the 870 oughtta keep them subdued... and if not, apply again...

ACTUALLY, it depends... but I figure if they made me ahve to subdue them, they DESERVE a lump on the noggin...

"officer, it happened in the struggle!"

April 30, 2002, 10:51 PM
"What if the BG decides he doesn't want to listen and gets up and tries to run?"

Shoot at his feet and yell, "Dance SUCKA DANCE!!!".

Jay Baker
May 1, 2002, 02:27 PM
I say again, stay out of the BG's "kill zone." No way would I toss the BG my handcuffs -- and I still have my personal pair of Peerless 'cuffs -- because now you've armed the guy with a deadly weapon.

I had a friend, Deputy Sheriff, who was experience on the street, but on a suspect he was starting to hook up, the suspect managed to get one hand free before the Deputy closed the second bracelet. He spun, snapped his one 'cuffed hand against the Deputy's face, cutting him badly just below the eye, and stunning him. If the Deputy's partner, standing nearby, had not reacted immediately and thumped the BG heartily with his PR 24, the injured Deputy might have been killed.

As it were, he required extensive plastic surgery and nearly lost an eye.

Nope, I won't toss any BG my 'cuffs.


May 1, 2002, 11:05 PM
How about tossing the BG some flex cuffs? You know the plastic thing that we use to tie up wires and stuff but only bigger and thicker? It can't be used as a throwing device. how about that? :)

May 1, 2002, 11:07 PM
interesting thread! just took five to confirm with my brother what our feeling was on this: if we're looking at the dwindling backside of a skeedaddling BG, then it's gotta be a no-shoot. but if we're looking at the front, then anything goes. the location of entrance wounds say a lot.

May 2, 2002, 08:04 AM
That this is an answer in search of a question....

In your scenario...the BG is in your house and you've managed to somehow capture him.....the only question here is WHY?

If he ain't dead or severely wounded, methinks you've failed to take appropriate steps to deal with the threat or he's really not a threat after all....maybe just the neighbor kid who is trying to steal a kiss from your daughter....

May 2, 2002, 08:18 AM
No way I'm getting close to a bad guy. I'm all of 5' 9", 160 lbs of mouse potato, no way I'm getting in to a wrestling match.

My goal is simply to protect my self and my wife. I can't do that if I'm dead. Getting close to a bad guy greatly increases the chances that I'll get hurt or killed. No thanks. I'll stay behind cover and order him to prone out, facing away from me. If he runs away, fine I'll let him go. If he's running away, he's not a threat to me, and if I shoot him at that point, I'd quite likely be facing a murder/manslaughter charge. In most jurisdictions, even police have very large limitations on when they can shoot a fleeing felon.


May 2, 2002, 03:08 PM

Supposition: The BG has a knife or crow bar, you find him in the house in a room that has no escape except the entrance, that you now block when doing your house sweeping. You could be a good 20 to 25 feet away. He turns and notices you standing there and realizes that the only way he is getting out is through you, but the 6" .357 revolver is a bit intimmidating to run right at, so he surrenders. I don't know about you, but in good conscience, I wouldn't shoot someone if they surrendered.

The other scenario is that since he had a weapon in hand, you could walk right into him, shoot the bugger to oblivion and since he had a weapon, and is now deceased, you could lie to the police and say that he came at you after you told him to surrender.

If I had a choice of not taking a life, I would choose that unless the BG gave me no other option.