How to Call 911: 5 Tips for Self-Defense Incidents

By Dave Dolbee published on in Safety and Training

Calling 911 after a self-defense incident can be one of the most stressful experiences you may, unfortunately, ever find yourself in. Watch as U.S. Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Richard Hayes teaches you five must-know tips that could help determine your freedom.

Do you have a tip for calling 911 after a self-defense confrontation? Share it in the comment section.


Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business,, and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (4)

  • Michael Floyd


    I personally WOULD NOT give the 911 operator my name (if I could
    remain calm enough to remember to not do so.) Like you said, everything
    is recorded, I would not want my name on that recording. I would also re-
    quest medical help(EMS) if there was any chance of injury to the perpa-
    trator,I want it recorded that I asked for emergency help, like for instance
    if I was absolutely forced to shoot someone;
    dead or alive does not matter.

    I would also try to after the fact tell the police as little as possible. “I
    am temporarily traumatized” and I need to gather my thoughts and/or
    consult mental health, legal help, etc.


  • Kevin


    My attorney recommended that you should, in the event of a gun related incident:
    1. Always have your attorney’s number in your wallet
    2. Discuss proper procedure BEFORE the need arises. He/she may want you to use someone else’s phone to call the attorney and have the attorney contact the police, if necessary.
    3. Depending on whether there is a life threatening emergency, you may NOT want to call 911 or even remain at the scene. Apparently it is not a legal requirement to call police in some states, like it is with a car accident. Hence #1 and #2 apply!


  • Gary Samson


    How to join


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