Real World Scenarios
A department had integrated Meggitt’s judgmental firearms training system into their training program and were specifically working on keeping an officer’s fingers off the trigger until the officer had clearly identified the target as a threat and had acquired a clear sight picture.
Shortly after completing the judgmental training scenario earlier in the day, the officer received a shots fired call in an alley. Upon responding, the officer moved cautiously through the alley in the area of the reported shots with his weapon drawn. He suddenly heard a noise off to the side. The officer immediately turned with gun drawn toward the noise. He saw what turned out to be a man with a trash can walking into his view.
The officer credited the judgmental firearms training system with preventing him from shooting the man in the alley. He said that prior to the training he would have had his finger on the trigger as he walked through the alley. He credited the fraction of a second it took to engage the trigger with keeping him from firing when he first heard the noise and saw the man approaching. He felt sure that the lesson learned in the video training kept him from firing the shot.
Real World Scenarios
"The Meggitt/FATS video training system was invaluable in helping me to successfully conclude a police shooting which involved a suspect who had shot and killed his uncle and wounded his grandmother." -Chief Deputy Jon Mosier (retired), Coshocton (OH) Sheriffs Office
Chief Deputy Mosier's department incorporated a judgmental firearms training system into their firearms training program. One scenario involved responding to an officer down. In the video, the officer was last heard screaming into his radio "he's got my gun, he's got my gun."
In the video scenario, the officer responds to the officer's last known location. Upon arriving, the officer that called in for help is seen on the ground on his back. A suspect is standing over top of the officer. The suspect has the officer's gun and is screaming, "I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you."
In the scenario, the officer going through the training has three seconds to make the decision to shoot or not shoot. If the officer does not fire, the suspect shoots the officer on the ground and then fires at the officer going through the training.
When Chief Deputy Mosier went through the training, he failed to take the shot. In the scenario, the suspect shot the officer on the ground and then shot at Chief Deputy Mosier.
Several months after going through the training, Chief Deputy Mosier was placed in a situation nearly identical to the judgmental training scenario. An 18-year old male had shot and killed his uncle and wounded his grandmother. The suspect's car was spotted a short time later. A short pursuit ensued before the suspect wrecked the car. The suspect jumped out of the car, took cover and fired shots at the two officers involved in the pursuit.
Chief Deputy Mosier came onto the scene from a position where the suspect was not aware of his presence. Mosier had a clear shot on the suspect as the suspect was firing at the two officers. Chief Deputy Mosier immediately shot the suspect without warning him, ending the confrontation.
Mosier later said that just prior to shooting, his mind flashed back to the scenario he had gone through months earlier. He said that he told himself "I'm not making that mistake again" and took the shots. He credited the video scenario training that he had gone through in helping him make the correct decision.