Lots of lessons here from this incident in which a Cincinnati officer and a suspect were each shot. (Note: the TDI editor is not an LEO and cannot comment on tactics by the officers but there are lessons here for every CCW holder).
First, John Benner describes in TDI Handgun 1 a previous incident with a Cincinnati officer who was shot but "who had the iron will to survive". The same is true here. The officer is shot, goes to the ground, continues to shoot, reload and keep the suspect covered with his gun until the fight is over. Then, only when there is adequate help on the scene does he lay back. You must have the will to win, not just survive, your encounter.
Second, note the officer's reload. Lots of instructors at other schools downplay the importance of a reload saying that it never happens in a "real" gun fight. Well, it happened here and this was a very real gunfight. We teach to reload efficiently in Handgun 2 and practice it in every other class.
Third, watch the reload. Many people advocate doing a reload with both mags in your hand advocating "never trade a known for an unknown". Watch how difficult that was under extreme pressure. We teach to strip the empty mag and replace it with a full one. It's much easier and faster to do under duress, with gloves, injured, etc.
Fourth, note the flashlight work of the officers. None had a weapon mounted light which, while perhaps not authorized by this department, has been used successfully in other departments and by civilians. We teach both weapon mounted lights and effective use of handheld flashlights in Handgun 4-6 classes, that's seven days (and at night) of flashlight training.
Fifth, note the wounded officer's grip on the gun. We are not criticizing but in analyzing the video with (perfect 20/20 hindsight from the safety of our home) allows you to wonder if the different grips were caused by his injury or was the result of a training scar. Remember, you want to train to the level that you will default under pressure to what you want to do. We don't rise to the occasion, we default to our level of training and practice.
Sixth, did anyone there have any first aid supplies on them to start to asses or treat the officer? We know that EMS is on the way in a hurry for a wounded officer. What if he needed a tourniquet quickly. Did anyone carry one with them? Do you?
Seventh, look at how quickly this all developed. Ask yourself how quickly you are trained to draw your gun and get it on target, switch magazines, etc.
Finally, the news reports are that this officer will be ok after his surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He had "the iron will to survive". Well done.
Two Cincinnati Police officers involved in a Walnut Hills shooting March 12 that left one officer and one suspect injured have been cleared of any wrongdoing, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said.
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