... being able to compose yourself following the adrenaline dump that results from a firefight will be crucial to your ability to gather the details needed to provide emergency responders an accurate picture of what transpired. LEO’s will be using your statements and the information you provide as a basis for determining whether your actions were justified… as well as any others who witnessed the action. So, you'll need to be able to communicate the perceived threat, and that your ONLY desire was to STOP the threat with clarity!
Good and thorough training will give you the advantage. Training is KEY!
... Professor James Duane's now-famous presentation on the 5th amendment. Don't talk to the police.
... After an adrenaline dump, you may or may not be able to answer. Probably not, unless you're a SOCOM operative used to being shot at and killing someone is just another day in the office.
OK, here's what we were taught in our TX CHL class:
When the police arrive and you are standing over a dead perp with your firearm in your hand you will look like the bad guy. You need to look like the victim that you were/are. Here are some things you can do that were suggested - actually many of these may come naturally:
1. Assuming the threat is over unload and holster your firearm and call 911 on your cell phone or have someone call.
2. If possible wet your pants.
3. Sit down on the curb and shake violently, cry if possible.
(Now when the LEO arrives you will look like the victim you were and the agressor he will look like the perp who got what he deserved.)
4. Tell the LEO you are too upset to talk and if he insists tell him you are having chest pains and ask for an ambulance - you need to get away from the LEO.
5. In the ambulance call your lawyer - if you don't have one lined up already find one soon and always have their number in your wallet. You need to get lawyered up by the time you get to the hospiltal.
6. From that point on you DO NOT talk to anyone - except through you lawyer's mouth.