NewImageTo be an effective second amendment patriot – one who actively lawfully carries a concealed firearm for self protection – you have to be ready and prepared to make the shoot or no shoot call every minute. Understanding the local laws of applying deadly force in order to protect your life or those around you is paramount. But equally important is be capable and component to make the split second reactionary call to draw, aim, and shoot.


Here is a real example (case study) of one such case where Cortez Waller had and did make that decision. Could you, should you, and would you have made and executed his decision to use lethal force on his assistant?


Case Study: In 2010, Cortez Waller of Conway, Arkansas, shot Chris Childress in front of his girlfriend and children outside of a police station in Conway. Based on several different news reports both after the shooting and during the trial, Waller had been sleeping with Childress’s girlfriend and the mother of his 3 children. Childress had accused Waller of following the girlfriend and had threatened Waller on several occasions. Note – this background is important in that it reflects real situation (like it or not) and make the decision complicated.

In the video (0.29 sec), you can see Waller pulling up to the police station as Childress boxes him in with a truck and jumps out of the truck and comes running at Waller who has exited his vehicle. Waller shoots Childress multiple times with a .45.NewImage

Another person exits the SUV, confronts the shooter, where a brief discussion is seen to occur. Waller leaves the scene and enters the police station where he attempts to find someone at the lobby.


After not finding anyone, he begins to leave and is arrested by two officers. He was subsequently charged with murder and claimed self-defense during his trial.


Conclusion – After deliberating for 9 hours the jury came back with the verdict of Not Guilty on all charges. It seems the jury seen this as a case of self defense.


  1. Was Childress armed at all, was he known to be a “threat” with just his physical abilities? The previous threats played in on the jury decision I’m sure

  2. I am to sure, but this can be the case most of time. You have 3-4 seconds to make a decision… a man runs is truck up to ours… Jumps out… Runs right towards you as you are getting out. It is a hard call.

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