Originally Posted by Chuck43
I'd question that advice, if your attacker is down and no longer a threat to anyone putting a bullet in his head is murder. I think you need to speak with your states attorney, I have a feeling your sheriff is giving out some bad advice.
Correct. Coup d' ťtat is not a legally accepted premise. The application of deadly force is to stop the threat of deadly force but the intent is to end the threat, not necessarily kill. Death of your assailant may be a byproduct but not the intent.
Example: An acquaintance cop in a neighboring town shot a man twice in the chest who approached him wielding a knife with a Sig P220. The assailant stopped in this tracks though still standing and dropped the knife. With one hand on his wounds and the other in the air, he went to his knees and said, "I can't believe that you shot me". The suspect was then cuffed and medics called. He later died. Officer was correct and stopped the threat. If he walked up and shot him in the head after an obvious pause in the action and cessation of the threat, he could be indicted for murder.
Just because deadly force is initially authorized/justified, does not mean you get to whatever the hell you want regardless of time delay and execute the suspect.
I agree with training to build skill to shoot very quickly and put a mass of rounds on target and practice what we called failure drills, two to chest and two to head very rapidly. But to advise citizens to always finish with a head shot aka "John Wick" movie style in todays world of cameras everywhere, will get you in trouble.
I guess there are those locations of one rural Texas deputy said at a shooting school class when challenged as to why he did what he did on a target. He responded, "where I work, there will be not witnesses".
Some on KT have been in shootings. There is living with them. Then there is living with knowing you went too far and committed murder.