If a criminal breaks into your home you have the responsibility to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.  If you are holding the criminal at gunpoint the following are some recommended steps to follow.

  • Call 911.
  • Inform the 911 operator that you are holding an intruder (criminal) who has broken into your home at gunpoint and that you are the homeowner.
  • Inform the 911 operator that you are in fear for your life and if the criminal takes any aggressive action you will shoot the criminal in self defense to protect yourself and your family.
  • Order the criminal to keep his hands in the air, get down on his knees, then get face down on the floor with his head turned the opposite way from you and to spread his arms out from his sides away from his body.
  • Inform the 911 operator that you are the homeowner and describe what you are wearing.
  • Inform the 911 operator that the criminal is lying face down on the floor and describe what he is wearing.
  • Make sure there is a clear distinction between what you the homeowner are wearing and your position, standing up in the home as opossed to what the criminal is wearing and his position on the floor in the home.
  • Keep the 911 operator on the line until the police arrive.
  • Have a family member if possible meet the police outside, reiterate the situation and escort them in.
  • Lower your weapon when the police arrive and follow their instructions.  Make sure they are fully aware that you are the homeowner and not the criminal.
  • Inform the police that you want the criminal prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that you are prepared to press charges.

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  1. nvchad2 says:

    Very good advice. Police show up to help but anyone with a gun is a potential threat to them. Anything you can do to make them feel safer and better able to identify you as friendly is a good thing.

  2. Holli says:

    You know, as much as I play out situations in my mind, I had never thought about telling the police on the phone where the criminal is in relation to me. Maybe it’s because we live in the country and I’m sure it would take the cops so long to get here that we’d already have the criminal bound and gagged, sitting outside the gate waiting for the cops to come retrieve him…

    I joke, but I’m glad you wrote this. Thank you! 🙂

    • rmactsc says:

      You’re welcome. Always better to make sure the cops know who is the homeowner and who is the criminal since once they arrive on scene their main focus will be on who is holding the gun and is it a threat to their safety.

  3. highdesertlivin says:

    Acquire target,terminate with extreme prejudice. Call 9mm, Imean 911 report chest pain radiating.Obviously iff its a confused teenage punk, downscale response.Chest pain gets immediate high speed response (Im professional fire/EMS) .Iff you are shot/stabbed vic of violence, use the chest pain ploy .Otherwise you medical attention will be slowed (staged a block away) untill PD can create a scene safe .Its not uncommon in my town for us to be staged for 10, 15 min. because PD is overwhelmed across town.As law enforcement is cut all over the country this is becoming the norm.

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