Dash-cam Classroom: SC deputy shoots knife-wielding assailant
This video demonstrates the need to prepare yourself — through both range and dry fire practice — for a sudden armed attack
We’ve all seen examples of traffic stops that turn violent.
But this is one with a twist — the assailant isn’t the motorist or a passenger, but a pedestrian who seemingly comes out of nowhere to attack South Carolina Deputy Randy Graham.
Fortunately, Deputy Graham had developed the skills he needed to prevail in this assault. Check out the video, and we’ll discuss it below.
Key Skill: Speed of the Draw Stroke
Unfortunately, too few officers put in the time it takes to develop this kind of controlled speed. As a result, they lack this deputy’s ability to present their weapons without time-consuming “tugs” or other inefficient movements. When they first arrive at my classes, many students take more than 3.0 seconds to get two hits into a target’s upper chest. Some take this long just to draw from their holster.
As this video shows, these response times could have been fatal to Deputy Graham.
Key Skill: Tactical Retreat
While Deputy Graham was unable to move at angles — because of the vehicle on his right and traffic on his left — he was at least able to move backward and remain out of reach of the suspect and his weapon.
Key Skill: Situational Awareness
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