William Petty – Gunfights Around Cars

Recently there was a video released at a trial in Pennsylvania where two troopers were trying to arrest a suspect and he resisted.  The suspect ended up shooting both of the officers and then fled the scene.  Luckily they survived.  How does this happen?  According to a 2014 study, 83% of officers who are killed in the line of duty die conducting self-initiated activity in or around vehicles.  That is an alarming statistic as I can tell you from personal experience that 83% of our training is not from a vehicle.  So what can a law enforcement officer or civilian do? I include civilians since aggravated assaults and robberies also are around vehicles.

My guest is William Petty from Centrifuge Training.  William specializes in teaching close quarter vehicle tactics and his program is a data driven exercise in what works and what doesn’t when in a gunfight around a car.

William and I discuss the Pennsylvania shooting with his takeaways on tactics that would have helped the troopers as well as another shooting of cops in Sacramento.  William also gives away a list of actionable ideas you can implement into your arsenal and ways for you to win in a vehicle gunfight.

Links mentioned in the show:

Pennsylvania Troopers Shooting

Sacramento Police Shooting


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  1. jason maitner
    August 18, 2018 at 11:45 am — Reply

    Can you give me the name of the artist in the opening song?


    • August 20, 2018 at 1:56 am — Reply

      It’s called “Come Around” by Da Tooby. I got it off a royalty free music site. Thanks for listening!

  2. Luciano
    December 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    Willian petty foi o criador do templo index?? Quando??

    • January 19, 2020 at 4:09 am — Reply

      You would have to ask him.

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