Motorist Saves the Life of an Arizona State Trooper

Did you see this in the news earlier in the week? It appeared in several outlets, and while it had the basics and the heart-warming story line– good guy with gun shows up and kills bad guy doing bad things– it lacked detail.

In yesterday’s Washington Post (!) there came an article that filled in most of the gaps. It’s a dramatic story, and worth the read. And for members of this audience, there are several critical points for consideration:

  • No hesitation; once the motorist decided to act, he acted. One verbal warning, two solid shots that stopped the assault in progress, then prompt rescue effort, followed by a single killing shot when the suspect made moves to resume the assault. (And no warning shots!)
  • Good use of situational awareness and movement to clear a firing lane.
  • The spotty performance of pistol rounds, a point that good trainers will be quick to make. This needs to be kept in mind. Note also the path of the one bullet that struck and exited the state trooper. (Also– if the motorist had been armed with a long gun instead of a handgun, the problem might very well have been settled even more quickly.)
  • Drug use on the part of the suspect probably played a role in his ability to keep fighting, or at least get up like he was going to. This too needs to be kept in mind.
  • Apparently the motorist wasn’t law enforcement or military, but he had trained alongside them. The information there is vague– “three or four times a year.” As in, the way MDL and I train with the great John R. Murphy? No mention of how often he practices on his own. In any case, his training appears to have taken hold.

The real critical point for consideration? The motorist had a combat mindset; he wasn’t just willing, he was ready. He had the three elements that Gunsite and other schools push– marksmanship, gun-handling, mindset.

READINESS. There is no substitute.

PS: When an anti-gun lefty asks for evidence of how “good guys with guns” can stop crime, point them to this article.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to Motorist Saves the Life of an Arizona State Trooper

  1. rustybill says:

    “…point them to this article.”

    Problem is, they won’t read it. They flatly refuse to accept any information that conflicts with their preconceived notions.


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