Attorney Andrew Branca

POTD: ISIS Brings Knife to Gunfight, Gets Shot

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona has released, under court order, the body camera footage of Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Wells, who stopped accused ISIS knife attacker Ismail Hamed the old-fashioned way—by demonstrating once again why it’s not a good idea to bring a knife to a gunfight. Hamed now stands charged by Arizona authorities with aggravated assault and terrorism. (As reported by AZ Central.) The events took place on January 7, but the body …

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POTD: Fake Gun Robbery, Felony Murder & 42 Shots !!

Today’s Post of the Day involves the police response to an armed robbery by a career criminal in New York City two days ago that resulted in the death of a police Detective and the wounding of police Sergeant, as reported by the New York Post and other news sources. As it would turn out that the robber’s gun was a realistic-looking fake, both police injuries were obviously the result of friendly fire from the …

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COTW: Did Police Shoot Suspect for ‘Crime” of Sleeping in Car?

This Case of the Week is about a police use-of-force event in California this past Saturday night in which six police officers shot and killed a suspect, as reported by The Hill, which in turn cites The Guardian. (Hat tip to Tim G. on Facebook for forwarding me this story.) What’s notable about the post, in a totally expected manner, is how hard the “journalists” writing about this event are working to make it appear …

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Law of Self Defense Show (2/11/19)

This week’s Law of Self Defense Show is a Q&A episode, in which we address selected questions and scenarios submitted for our consideration by email to show@lawofselfdefense.com. Questions we address this week include: 1. “Using a handgun to fight way to long gun, in context of home defense.” 2. “Instructor liability for conduct of student; different for NRA vs. own course content?” 3. “Threat of deadly force to detain burglars of someone else’s home.” 4. “Liability …

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Law of Self Defense Show (2/11/19)

This week’s Law of Self Defense Show is a Q&A episode, in which we address selected questions and scenarios submitted for our consideration by email to show@lawofselfdefense.com. Questions we address this week include: “Using handgun to fight way to long gun, in context of home defense.” “Instructor liability for conduct of student; different for NRA vs. own course content?” “Threat of deadly force to detain burglars of someone else’s home.” “Liability to folks in adjacent dwellings …

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POTD: WTF? Citizen Shoots At Fleeing Traffic Stop Suspect

This Post of the Day is on a shooting in Cleveland OH in which an armed citizen took it upon himself to intervene in a troublesome traffic stop, apparently absent any request to do so, and ultimately fire four rounds at the suspect as the suspect drove away. Many people have been wondering whether that armed citizen didn’t run a substantial risk of being shot himself by the police officer. After all, the officer already …

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POTD: In Shooting of Purse Snatcher, the Details Matter

Today’s Post of the Day looks at a purse snatching case out of Nashville this past Monday in which the victim’s husband ended up shooting the thief. Wait a minute, isn’t the use of deadly force in defense of property unlawful? Generally yes, and likely so in this case … but the details matter, and in this case they may well all align with a lawful use of deadly force by the husband. (Hat tip …

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POTD: In Shooting of Purse Snatcher, the Details Matter

Today’s Post of the Day looks at a purse snatching case out of Nashville this past Monday in which the victim’s husband ended up shooting the thief. Wait a minute, isn’t the use of deadly force in defense of property unlawful? Generally yes, and likely so in this case … but the details matter, and in this case they may well all align with a lawful use of deadly force by the husband. (Hat tip …

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COTW: “EJ Bradford Shooting: Awful but Lawful”

In this Case of the Week we take a look at the “awful but lawful” shooting death by police of EJ Bradford in Alabama. On November 22, 2018, an Alabama police officer shot and killed EJ Bradford Jr., a black male, while responding to a shooting in a shopping mall. It would ultimately turn out that Bradford was himself a good guy seeking to intervene against the person who was the unlawful shooter. Given that …

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COTW: “EJ Bradford Shooting: Awful but Lawful”

In this Case of the Week we take a look at the “awful but lawful” shooting death by police of EJ Bradford in Alabama. On November 22, 2018, an Alabama police officer shot and killed EJ Bradford Jr., a black male, while responding to a shooting in a shopping mall. It would ultimately turn out that Bradford was himself a good guy seeking to intervene against the person who was the unlawful shooter. Given that …

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