As [the Officer] struggled with Villalon, [the homeowner] drew a handgun and fired in their direction, striking the officer on his right arm, according to police.
This is the Negative Outcome I categorize as ‘Downrange Failure,’ i.e., hit someone downrange who wasn’t the criminal. It’s the smallest category of Negative Outcomes but the consequences tend to be high.
Most people have an exaggerated idea of their marksmanship ability. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a standard benchmark of your shooting ability ahead of time. If your targets look like this (or worse), shooting when an innocent is downrange is probably not advisable.
Unfortunately, as my colleague Tamara Keel, who works at an indoor range, has mentioned, the above target probably represents the upper quartile of typical shooters’ ability. At least most of those hits are on the target, which is beyond many people’s capability. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is, folks. If you don’t practice effectively, you’re setting yourself up for a Serious Mistake, as this incident’s homeowner found out.
[The homeowner] was arraigned on the charge of aggravated assault on a public servant, a first-degree felony which has a maximum punishment of life in prison.
Concealed Carry Skills and Drills and Indoor Range Practice Sessions both have a progression of benchmarks to help you evaluate your skill level. The links to the downloadable eBooks are:
Less than the cost of box of ammo for either or even both put together. It’s a very inexpensive investment.
Hat tip to the Armed Citizens — Fight Back group on Facebook for the story lead.