ActiveSelfProtection 04 Jul 2016

Off Duty Officer Shoots Bank Robber

In General

Would you have the skill to put shots on target against this robber like the officer did? There are a lot of Active Self Protection lessons from this one, so don't forget to read the description after watching the video.

Original video, news story, pics and more of the robber being stopped by the officer available here:
What does this off duty officer teach us about defending ourselves against a robber?

1. There's going to be some question here about the officer shooting the robber in the back, but let's take a look at what that means. The "fleeing felon rule" generally applies to Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties, and since 1985's Tennessee vs. Garner decision the ability to use deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felon by LEO has been limited to cases where the officer has probable cause to believe that the fleeing felon is a continuing threat of serious physical harm to the officer or the public. However, how that law applies to non-LEO varies state by state. Make sure to know your local laws so that you know the limitations of shooting a fleeing felon, especially if you're not a police officer. Here it seems reasonable that the officer was acting to stop the existing threat, and that the robber had a firearm on his person that the officer couldn't have known was left in the bag when the robber jumped back over the counter, and therefore deadly force is clearly justified here.

Want to learn more? There are 7 additional lessons, 3 class starters for instructors, and links to more information about this officer stopping the robber on our website:

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at

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