Self Defense Series – Blog 21-1

On June 21, 2021 in the Olde Town Square section of Arvada, Colorado; a 59-year-old resident armed himself with a shotgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The resident had a grudge with the police department. A citizen reported the male with the long guns to police. The first responding officer arrived in the area and began looking for the male. The armed male stalked the officer ambushing and killing him. Returning to his vehicle, the shooter now armed himself with the semi-automatic rifle. A legally armed citizen emerged from a store and engaged the shooter incapacitating him. As the armed citizen approached the downed shooter and picked up his rifle, a responding officer observed the citizen with the shooter’s rifle. Believing the hero citizen to be the shooter; the officer engaged and killed the hero citizen. ( (

If you carry a pistol for defense, there are risks and benefits that must be considered. In this series of writings, I will share my thoughts, through what I have learned, continue to learn, and have experienced in my 38+ years as a municipal police officer in a bedroom community in north central Connecticut and as a pistol permit holder of 43+ years. I hope you will be able to count the costs well before you might be faced with such an event and already have a plan.

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.

James Mattis – USMC General (Retired)