What do you do when you have no choice but to use deadly force to protect your family? I think that the best way to explain what we did is to use an outline. Here is a list of things you need to do now to prepare for this: · Have a plan on how you want the family to respond in case of such an event. We had a safe room where the wife and kids would go while I provided cover but no plan on her being home alone. · Look up, and interview a hand full of lawyers. Find one you are comfortable with and establish a report in the off chance you might need legal counsel. We did not do this. I did have a name and contact information but had not gotten around to calling him yet. · Be prepared to lose whatever weapon you use to police custody for a very long time. Even though my wife was cleared of all charges, my gun will be in custody for at least two years according to the police department. The point here is to have another weapon because you will not feel safe without one. · Check with your insurance company for the bio-hazard clean-up. I got lucky here because I never thought of it before. Actually I dont know for sure if any would not cover for something but it never hurts to ask. · Take care of your friends! It is good to have them in times of trouble. If you think its hard to find help moving, try getting out of your house in 10 hours when there is blood on the floor and nothing is packed. · Find a safe location that you can stay at for at least a week. <O</O Short term priories: · Make sure your family is safe first! Nothing else matters at this point. · Get out of the area, the house, the city, and do not talk to the press. My wife was told by our lawyer she needed to give a statement to the press. He made all the arrangements, screened all her answers, and made sure her face was hidden. · Get supplies to last for a week (cloths, meds, kids favorite toys ) · Find a place for household items. I had the entire house into a storage unit within 12 hours of the first shot. · Contact your Lawyer. · Set up counseling, even if you dont need it immediately after. · Contact your homeowners insurance company and get the cleanup started and the house secured. Long term goals: · Is your house in an area you can go back to? If not then make sure you can afford to pay a mortgage and still have enough money left over to live somewhere else. Mine is not. My neighbors support our actions but the other small time gang members do not. · If possible get out of the area. I moved 30 miles away and am actively looking to move out of the state. There is no way to put a price on peace of mind. <O</O Feel free to add to this or scrutinize our actions so that more people can learn what to do. I am proud of the way we handled ourselves during this trying time, but that doesnt mean there is not a better way to do so.