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Regarding Traffic Stops & Action After Self Defense

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DaveTN and SWJewellTN, thank you both for your prior service.  And, thanks for your very valuable contributions on this forum.

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A few years ago I was questioned in a fairly big case. I wasn't a suspect, but they were still at the point where "we can't rule anyone out". I probably should have had a lawyer with me, but I didn't do anything wrong and explained what I knew truthfully. You could tell by their questioning though, that they were trying to trip me up, but I didn't fall for it. They will also try to be overly friendly trying to "help you out", don't fall for that either. You can tell that what they even try to pass off as "small talk", has a purpose of gathering info. Everything the investigator says is deliberate, from hello to good by, seeing how you respond.

I'd say, if involved in a shooting, make your statement, but don't answer any questions other than "What happened" and then give your statement. If the investigator starts asking how or why about your statement, you better shut up at that point. 

I had a true life incident at 16 that taught me a very valuable lesson. I was out spotlighting deer (without a gun) and somebody ratted me out. The Game Warden caught up to me the next day at school and wanted to question me about it. Being underage, they had to wait until Dad was there to question me. Me, mistakenly thinking it was perfectly legal to spotlight without a gun, thought it was a good idea to plead my case that I didn't have a gun and everything would be ok. Got charged and ended up in Juvenile Court. I found out later that the only evidence they had on me, before my complete voluntary confession, was a vague description of my vehicle. If I had kept my mouth shut that day, they wouldn't have had enough evidence to charge. Again, the Game Warden was trying to be all "buddy buddy" until he charged me. It all worked out, with me just getting a stern talking to by the judge, but the whole ordeal taught me a valuable lesson.  

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