The 911 tape is pretty informative to listen too. I took a few things from the incident.
- The #1 piece of information to convey is your address. It took 20 seconds on this call to make that happen. My personal plan if I ever have to call 911 is to start with my address. With digital 911 this should happen automatically but I like a belt and suspenders approach. Plus with cell phones (at least those old ones like we have without GPS) you want them to get the location first.
- The perp was not stopped with one hit. She remained conscious and functional enough to get her cell phone out and make a call. Had she chosen to continue the fight or draw a weapon instead she would have been capable of doing so. Who knows what type of glock or ammunition was used but
- The homeowner did not gain compliance prior to securing his weapon in a drawer. If you're holding someone at gun point and they are not compliant with your commands, don't put the gun away.
- The goal of a defensive gun use is not to shoot someone. It is to gain compliance. So think about what you want. Personally with a perp I plan on ordering them to...
(1) "STOP RIGHT THERE!"
(2) "SLOWLY SHOW ME YOUR HANDS!"
(3) "Put your hands on top of your head!"
(4) "Slowly turn away from the sound of my voice!"
(6) "Lie down!"
Sound extreme? Maybe, but you need a plan for what to do once the perp gives up the fight, even if a shot is never fired. If they don't obey orders then at a minimum they get some verbal orders and if threatening I go back up the continuum of force (see above re keeping the gun out). I want the individual in a compliant posture where I can increase my control over the situation until the cops arrive.
- The homeowner's wife was on the phone with the 911 operator a lot but didn't convey the most important info. IMHO the most important thing to convey is (1) my address and (2) descriptions of the good guys and bad guys so the cops don't shoot me. Instead she talked lots and lots about all sorts of things from the perp's condition and injuries to how she felt. First, all of this is tactically irrelevant chatter. In a home invasion scenario if there's a lull in the action I will be fixing my weapon (tactical reload/press check), getting a long gun into the fight on my side, getting armored up, getting a second phone like a cell phone handy to keep the lifeline to 911 open, keeping a light on the perp to gain and verify compliance, and watching for the perp's buddies (not necessarily in that order). Talking about my feelings with 911 is pretty low on the priority list. Second, this is all being recorded and can be used as evidence against you later on.
Its always easy to "Monday Morning Quarterback" but it is worth thinking about how to do things better. I guess its better than listening to the antis rave about castle doctrine.