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Warning shot?

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I read thread on Glocktalk about a scenario where a guy with a ccw came up on two men beating up another man. He was getting beat pretty bad and there were girls screaming and what not so he yelled something at them. At that time they stopped beating on the other guy and approached him. Supposedly when they were at 15ft he told them to stop and they kept coming at which time he drew his weapon and ordered them to get on the ground and he held them while someone called the cops. There's more to the story but someone said that it might have been a good idea to put a warning shot in the dirt in front of the attackers to prevent them from advancing toward you. I don't personally think this is a good idea but it got me wondering, is there ever a scenario where it would be "ok" to fire a warning shot?

Here's the thread on GT for those interested http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1053301&page=2

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"Warning Shots" were an old Police thing, made more widely known by the movies. All modern PDs I can think of have absolutely stopped the practice for obvious reasons. Only shoot when you want to hit something. Riccochettes are the common result of rounds put down in front of you.
"Fire for effect" originally was, and still is, an artillery term. You fire for effect once you have ranged your guns and no longer have to fire ranging shots.
Errrr...........I guess that should be, "Say again".:D
Well, in that case, when I was firing that Kahr .45 last weekend at the range, I had a heck of a lot of "warning shots". :rolf But I at least SCARED the h: censoredll out of that target!

You're scarin' me too, now!:rolf
If you shoot... Shoot to kill, not scare or intimidate.
Don't mean to offend you BUT the wording you used could be used against you in a trial. Always say, "shoot to stop", you are protecting your life NOT purposely taking his. IF he dies as an unintended result, it is self defense whereas , "I shot to kill him" is open to "liberal" interpretation.
Actually, UP is in the direction of alot of people! "What goes up, must come down!"

Warning shots are just wrong on many levels. Even a shot into the ground can hit something solid and riccochette, causing collateral damage. If the sight of a gun pointed at someone doesn't get an attacker's attention and the perceived threat is serious enough to point it in the first place, shoot to stop, not to warn.
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