Police Officer Defense Against TASER
A uniformed police officer, working without a partner and with backup not yet arrived, confronted a subject in a cramped apartment hallway. Without provocation, the man lunged at the officer. Both went to the ground. The man took away the officer's TASER, and soon rose to his feet.
The officer, still on his backside, unholstered his pistol as soon as he realized he'd been disarmed of his belt-holstered TASER. He got to his feet, soon to be about eight (8) feet apart from his assailant. The officer began to back-pedal to get ground between them. The man raised the TASER at the officer. The officer raised his pistol at the man...
The man suddenly darted into his open apartment and locked the door. With the officer's TASER.My SWAT team got paged out within minutes. I was the tactical supervisor on the squad assigned to the very hallway corridor where the attack occurred. I recall the "Rules of Engagement" conversation I had with the guys, that went something like this:
The cop's TASER is yellow. If all this guy's got is a yellow TASER, nobody is shooting him. There's ten (10) of us; one (1) of him. We're all wearing helmets, eye protection, and heavy armor. Half of us are behind shields. The worst that's gonna happen here is one (1) of us up front takes a five (5)-second ride. Let's make sure we've got TASERs and beanbags up front too. And someone try to break the wires if one (1) of us gets Tased. If he's got a gun, deadly force is back on the table. Anyone disagree or have questions?
- The story of the squared-away street cop whose mind (& OODA) was out-pacing the tempo of change.
- The story of the tactical team who discussed how variables of protective equipment, number of officers, and multi-layered options of less-lethal force positively impacted decision-making in this incident.
- number of officers/offenders;
- whether the offender is using to attack/assault, or in-hand during escape;
- spread/proximity/distance between officers/offenders;
- how to defeat the effectiveness of the weapon;
- protective gear used/worn by officers;
- mobility of officers/offenders;
- terrain or intermediary obstacles.