I’ve been a law enforcement officer since 1995 and, on the advice of my FTO, I bought a SureFire 6P® Original. Since that time I have never been without a SureFire light. I was a federal agent, assigned to a DEA task force, and we had conducted a controlled delivery of cocaine to a residence in suburban Pittsburgh and then executed a search warrant. I made entry and moved down a dark hallway with other team members, announcing our presence and clearing rooms as we went. At the end of the hallway there was a closed door. My partner and I set up on the door and prepared to make entry. Both of us carried Z2 Combatlights (since replaced by Z2X CombatLight® models). As we entered the dark room, we lit it up and saw a suspect lying on a futon, with a handgun pointed directly at us. I fired three times, striking the suspect in the pelvis and thigh and causing him to drop the gun. We took him into custody, performed first aid, and he was transported to the hospital. The handgun was recovered and had a round in the chamber, was cocked, and the safety was off. The suspect survived his wounds and was charged with assault on a federal officer. All other occupants were charged with drug violations.
There is no doubt in my mind that my SureFire light enabled me to illuminate the room, identity, and neutralize the threat that this suspect posed. Furthermore, I believe the reason the suspect was unable to fire was because of the blinding effect of the light in his eyes, which stunned him and allowed me to overcome his advantage of already having his gun aimed and ready to fire. It is a well-known adage in law enforcement that action beats reaction; however, in this case, tactical use of a flashlight turned the odds in my favor. I am a firearms and officer survival instructor, and one of the lessons I drill into my trainees is the importance of having a good, reliable, and bright flashlight on them at all times.
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