Sequence of events
- Perp establishes Line of Business consisting of checking car door handles for unlocked cars to burglarize
- Perp finds gun in unlocked car and steals it
- “The firearm used by the suspect in this murder was found to be stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the same neighborhood just eleven days prior.” –JSO
- Eleven days later, perp is carrying said stolen pistol while burglarizing the car of a USCG Servicemember
- Servicemember detects the burglary in progress
- SM calls 911
- SM gets own pistol and confronts would-be burglar, ordering him to remain in place until POlice arrive
- Perp refuses to comply and instead draws stolen pistol
- Perp fires several shots and hits SM at least once, incapacitating her
- Perp departs
- POlice arrive and ‘attend’ to SM
- SM dies from wounds
- POlice identify perp
- Perp turns himself in
- Family, friends, and fellow SM are heartbroken
- Perp is charged with murder in the second degree
- Family, friends, and fellow SM are still heartbroken
Negative Outcome for everyone involved
“Don’t go looking for trouble not expecting to find it.” –John Farnam https://defense-training.https://defense-training.com/present-tense/com/present-tense/
Possible tactical alternatives
- If you feel compelled to challenge a criminal, do so from a position of cover (concealment does not count as cover). If no cover is available, do not challenge.
- Use a high intensity flashlight to illuminate and blind the perp before issuing the challenge.
- If your car door is locked, illuminate the perp with your flashlight from a considerable distance without issuing a challenge.
- At your own residence, have a large bear-spray type canister of OC close at hand. Spray the perp, without warning, at the maximum range of the container. Be sure to saturate him from the top of his head to the tips of his toes. Then immediately seek cover if you’re not already behind it.
- “Begin to attrit the enemy at the maximum effective range of your weapons.” –Infantry maxim
Facebook link to Sheriff’s Office Press Conference
We strongly recommend citizens lock their vehicles and absolutely remove their firearms when exiting. Please do not provide criminals with easy access to a gun that will only be used in more criminal, and as in this case, violent acts.Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Very sad. RIP Airman Schollaert