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Man Wrestles Gun From Massachusetts Officer To Fatally Shoot Himself

The officer, who was working a paid detail for a Verizon work crew in front of Lynn City Hall, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Beware the Restrained Subject

Over the years, I've heard multiple accounts of handcuffed subjects who later escaped or attempted to escape. One particular incident involved a young kid who fled on foot. His ability to outrun two officers with his hands behind his back demonstrated just how focused a person can be if he wants to escape.

Handcuffed Suspects Are Still a Threat

Handcuffing a suspect may only be one step toward gaining compliance. As this video from Black Tiger Tactical System states, "handcuffs on the suspect does not mean the fight is over."

TASER Defense

To prevent a subject from getting near any of your weapons, create a defensive wedge with your two arms and push the subject away. You should then be able to deploy your TASER from the proper distance.

Retention Holster Showdown

These days, weapon retention is a serious subject. And with good reason. About 20 percent of all officers feloniously killed with handguns are slain with their own weapons. This disturbing statistic is trending up despite the increasing availability of holsters designed to aid officers in weapon retention.

The Push/Pull Drill

You are trying to take a DUI suspect into custody when he turns suddenly and makes a grab for your gun. The fight is now on. Unfortunately for this bad guy, you have practiced your weapon-retention skills and you regain control of your sidearm.

Disarming

Most police departments nationwide didn't start training their recruits and sworn officers how to protect their guns until the early '80s when law enforcement became widely aware of the staggering statistics regarding officer shootings.

SL3.2.1 SpeedLok Holster

Bianchi's new SL3.2.1 SpeedLok Duty Holster was created as a response to officer concerns about weapon security. The SpeedLok's Auto Retention system secures automatically, preventing both weapon fallout and take away attempts without the need for snaps, bails, or other devices. The duty weapon can be twisted and pulled in any direction, but it cannot be removed from the holster unless you release the SpeedLok lever.