What is the one thing you should never do after a self-defense incident? U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s director of content Kevin Michalowski talks to attorney and former Wisconsin state prosecutor Tom Grieve about how to handle the aftermath of a self-defense shooting.

There are multiple things to keep in mind when a self-defense shooting occurs. But Grieve recommends the No. 1 thing to remember is to not talk to the police. Though talking to law enforcement doesn’t always lead to being charged with a crime, it can keep a defender on the suspect list for longer than he or she wants.

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After such a high-adrenaline event, it’s not uncommon to simply “word-vomit.” Before taking time to compose oneself, it may be difficult to keep timelines and events in order. On the flip side, bad guys may have more experience dealing with law enforcement and be able to compose themselves more eloquently on the scene. Grieve recommends respectfully telling officers you won’t be speaking until after you talk to your lawyer.

Police Officer’s Tip After a Self-Defense Shooting

As a law enforcement officer, Michalowski’s first piece of advice is to not touch the evidence. You should not touch anything or move things around. After calling 911, leave the scene exactly as it was and wait for police officers to arrive. If responding officers show up and its apparent something has been moved, red flags go up. Tampering with evidence automatically makes you look suspicious.

However, Grieve notes, there may be a good reason to move evidence. The attacker’s firearm, for instance. If you pick up or move a firearm to move it out of harm’s way, be sure to tell officers immediately upon their arrival to the self-defense incident.

Learn all of this and more in a USCCA Concealed Carry Class