Tuesday, May 9, 2017

When Seconds Count, Don't Spend Them Sending Texts

Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 38 were murdered in their apartment in Boston last Friday. They were both doctors. She was a pediatric anesthesiologist. By all accounts, they were both talented, in the middle of their careers.

They were stabbed to death and their throats cut. The alleged murderer was caught in the apartment by the responding police officers. The police were summoned by a friend of the victims. How did the friend know to call the police? Because one of the victims had send a text message, "gunman in the house".

As LawDog would say, Sweet Shivering Shiva!

When you know that the perimeter is breached and the bad guy is inside with a weapon, put down the cellphone. Now is the time when mindset, preparation, and training take over. If you have as much warning as these two, you have been given a gift. You are awake, oriented, and you are not yet injured. Take advantage of it. 

Retrieve the available weapons. Fight. Everything is a weapon. I get it, you're in Massachusetts. You've never seen a gun in your life. Everything is a weapon. The heavy rod your clothes are hanging on. The spray cans in the bathroom cabinet and a lighter. The drawers in your bureau. The knives and fry pans in your kitchen.

You may lose. Go down fighting. Do not die trying to send one last text.


4 comments:

Suz said...

In our part of the state, in certain counties, we can now text 911. The thought being kids/abused women can text for help without waking up the bad guy, or reveal a hiding spot.

But I whole-heartedly agree with the anything not firmly attached to the wall/floor can become a weapon mindset. Eyes, feet, knees and throat as well as crotch are all potential areas to aim for to inflect damage to be able to get away. And yell/scream if you live in an apartment building...hopefully someone else with call the cops due to the noise.


ASM826 said...

The cops got called. They caught the guy still in the apartment. Both the doctors were already dead.

Brigid said...

I did a blog post about self-defense in the home using ordinary object once for good reason. I once was on the phone with a friend when the dog crashed into me. I squealed and hit the floor, and unfortunately broke my phone. He thought something happened and called the cops. The station was 10 minutes from my house. I'd already gotten a hold of my friend via laptop when the cops pulled in 20 minutes later.

Will said...

Twice I have been personally aware of a "man with a gun" call at a house. The first was at my home, made by a roommate. Former deputy. Cop shop was a 5 min walk away. Took them 20 minutes, and then about 8 cops showed up.

Next occurrence was a bogus, sort of "SWATting" attempt. Here again, about a twenty minute response, and at least 8 cops. Nearly worked, though. Sergeant was putting tension on his Glock trigger, after taking up the slack, when I yelled at my buddy to get on the floor. That whole thing was an absolute circus. What respect I still had for the typical officer pretty much evaporated after that CL-FK.

I've heard of other situations, and the take away is that when you call for the cops, with a serious problem, they are not going to send just one cop, they are going to gather a bunch together first. It seems obvious that they are hoping the problem solves itself prior to them showing up. You are on your own.