Thomas Cena, Jr.
Attorney at Law
2115 N. 30th St., Ste. 201, Tacoma, WA 98403
253-572-5120
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By calling 911 the Network member using deadly force to protect himself or others does two things. First, he demonstrates the willingness to report the incident and to establish himself as a person with nothing to hide. Second, he submits the scene to police to perform whatever investigation the authorities deem appropriate.

In the event of a breakdown of the line of communication between the armed citizen and the authorities, these hopefully exculpatory results of the report to 911 would be unavailable. The armed citizen, it would seem, would be on his own to then document the inability to contact authorities by usual means and to record and preserve any and all information and evidence relative to the critical incident.

This information should then to be made available to police as soon as possible. This would include photographic, video and possibly diagrammatic material; preservation of all physical evidence; preserving contact information for all witnesses; and, to the extent possible, preserving the statements of the witnesses.

I would also think that any available medical intervention for injured or wounded persons should be accessed. The preservation of the armed citizen’s legal welfare would be, like the necessity of survival and self protection, up to the individual rather than the institutions and services we would normally rely upon and be obligated to contact under normal circumstances.

Tim Evans
Attorney at Law
29 No. D St., Hamilton, OH 45013
513-868-8229
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Document your attempts and forward them as soon as possible.


Marc S. Russo
Attorney at Law
25 Plaza St. W. #1-K, Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-638-5452
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Do nothing to alter the crime scene. Leave any weapon carried by the person you were compelled to defend yourself against in situ if this can be done safely. If the person is still alive, make every effort to obtain assistance or render first aid–the latter only if it can be done safely. Even a seriously wounded perp can be dangerous.

Conspicuously display a large “HELP! POLICE” sign on your property. If possible show or let neighbors see what happened and explain that you are trying to reach police. Ask if any of them are successful reaching them, to report this. Try to flag down a police car. If you have any friends, acquaintances or neighbors who are law enforcement officials, tell them. Make it obvious you aren’t hiding anything.


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