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Shooting through cover

Engaging in gunfire through cover can be an effective tactic to neutralize an assailant. For instance, if the attacker is firing at you from a window, it can be challenging to hit them while they are positioned within the opening. However, if you are dealing with a building made of wood or stucco, you have the potential to shoot through the wall on either side of the window or below it, effectively striking the assailant while they stand or crouch between shots.

Nevertheless, shooting through cover should be approached with caution due to its inherent risks. This strategy should only be employed when you are absolutely certain of the suspect's identity, precise location, and when there is a legitimate, sustained threat of death or serious bodily harm. It is crucial to also ensure that there are no innocent individuals positioned alongside the assailant who could be unintentionally injured by your bullets. Moreover, the possibility of rounds deflecting from the cover and ricocheting to other areas must be carefully considered. Ignoring these important considerations and firing simply because you have the opportunity could lead to a tragic outcome and potential legal consequences.

While the military may utilize suppressive fire for cover, the rules of engagement for American law enforcement are distinct. Police officers are not permitted to inflict any level of "collateral casualties." However, there are situations during officer and civilian rescues, when faced with hostile fire, where certain states and agencies have developed a concept known as "target specific directed fire." This should not be confused with "cover fire." Target specific directed fire involves shooting at a specific location where the suspect is known or expected to be shooting from during a rescue or retreat operation involving officers or civilians in danger. It goes beyond indiscriminate firing and is specifically directed at the suspect, aiming through the opening or concealment they are using to shoot from. This approach is applied with a focus on the intended target, ensuring precision in its execution.

When engaged in a gunfight, it is crucial to adhere to certain target requirements. These include target identification, target acquisition, and target isolation. Even if a suspect suddenly takes cover behind an object that provides concealment but not sufficient protection, it is still possible to maintain these requirements. However, it ultimately falls on you to make that judgment call. Additionally, it's important to consider that penetration power works both ways, and a skilled suspect may attempt to utilize it to their advantage. Therefore, your primary concern when selecting cover should be ensuring that the suspect cannot exploit this potential vulnerability.

Keep your head down and keep the faith,


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