The full statement is “I feared for my life and fired to stop the threat. That is all I will say until I have my lawyer present.”
Oh, and then be sure to say nothing else, just to make it explicit.
There is a video on the web with some lawyer making some GREAT points about not saying ANYTHING, EVER to a cop without a lawyer. Very interesting too. It was amazing how he could put up scenarios on how even the most innocuous statements could be used against you.
I imagine he could could tear even this most staightfoward sentence apart. Pretty sad really.
His story was that he saw an armed man had broken into his house, he had his own firearm, he told the man to stop, the man ‘lunged’ at him, and he fired his weapon and killed him.
Some FReepers thought he should have just wasted the guy, and then told the nice law officers how smart he was by laying in wait and executing him without exposing himself to greater danger via warning the armed intruder.
I like how he added how the armed intruder “lunged” at him. That was a perfect story. Why an armed man would need to ‘lunge’ at someone instead of firing a projectile is unknown - but it makes a perfect story - whereas the “smart” thing to do made a very very bad story to tell the officials.