Tactical Scenario: Armed Robbery
July 21, 2011
Below is an older armed robbery video showing four individuals returning home from an evening out on the town. They are hanging out in an apartment complex entrance area. Everything looks fine until they let an individual in the secured building and he pulls a revolver out of his waist band to rob them. Now in the video, all four of the victims attempt to disarm the robber, which ends with one being seriously injured and another dead. The robber gets away.
My Monday morning quarterbacking of the video is as follows:
- They should not have let him in.
- Since they did let him in, they should have been more aware of his demeanor and noticed the gun printing under his t-shirt (you can see it on the film). They should have treated him as an unknown and a potential threat, instead of letting him get the weapon into action.
- Since he got the drop on them, they should have complied until he was more vulnerable and/or he upped the ante beyond money and wallets.
- If they were going to take his gun away, they should have had that as their singular focus, instead of trying to beat the guy up at the same time. They should of focused on keeping the muzzle pointed away from themselves and/or directly at him until it was secured. It is horrible that this happened to these guys, but we can definitely train from it.
Here is the scenario, you and 3 friends are hanging out in a public area and an individual walks by only to turn and produce a gun demanding all your money. The guy is no farther than 3 yards with a gun shifting from one person to the next. What do you do? What do you do if you are CCW? What if you are not carrying? Enjoy.