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Bama tactical
04-27-2011, 21:13
Mas,
Our home is a single story house that has the master bedoom on one side of the house and our daughters bedroom is on the other side of the house. That always sounds good when you are building one but in hind sight it makes it difficult to protect your entire family in the case of an intrusion. I would really like to hear your ideas on how to handle this layout.

When I travel for business my wife (who is a ccw holder also) moves her into the room with them and keeps that interior door locked as well. In the event of something happening they would retreat to the bathroom (locking that door as well). Of course she would have access to her ccw or a my ccw or shotgun and call 911 and stay on the line with them so that exchange could be heard and recorded or she could give direction when a unit arrived.

I have tried to think through things very carefully but I am just having a hard time with a family member on the opposite side of the house.



I have also heard suggestions such as having a house key on a light stick or illumination device of some sort to throw out a window so that the police can gain entry into the house without them having to break anything. Is this really a good suggestion?


Also, in the case of a SD shooting what is your opinion on the amount of information that should be offered when talking to the police? Is it advisable to give them any information other than I was afraid for my life or should one inform them that they intend to fully cooperate but would like their attorney present?


Thank you for taking the time to answer all of our questions on this forum as you are a very valuable resource.

Mas Ayoob
04-27-2011, 23:14
Bama, the key to the house on a Cyalume lightstick is something I've recommended for a long, long time, and some others in the home defense training world have since picked up on it, too.

If you and the little ones are on opposite sides of the house, it would be a really good idea to harden their bedrooms with the locks you've already (wisely) installed, and some deep, solidly packed bookshelves they can take cover behind, along with an intercom system that will allow you and your spouse to alert them and tell them to "go into lockdown mode behind cover."

As to aftermath, I have for decades recommended a five-step protocol of what needs to be said. 1: "This man broke into my home with a deadly weapon" (or whatever it was that forced you to shoot him). 2.: "I will sign the complaint." 3: Point out evidence. 4: Point out witnesses. 5: "Lock down" from there and state, "You will have my full cooperation after I have spoken with counsel."

This has since been adopted by the US Concealed Carry Association and the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network.

Cordially,
Mas

Bama tactical
04-28-2011, 10:40
Mas,
Thanks for the insight and all that you do to help us with training and answers to questions.