Originally Posted by czfreak
Do you believe you should administer first aid to a downed attacker? Say an intruder is in my home, i end up having to shoot him and have stripped him of his weapon. At this point should i begin any life sustaining treatment i am able to? Or would you let the man, that could potentially be saved from death, die in the time it takes paramedics to arrive?
Only if you are absolutely sure it will be safe for you to do so. If you are convinced you will be safe, I strongly suggest you render aid to the best of your ability, even if you are untrained. Now would be a good time to check the Good Samaritan Law in effect for your area to see if there are any limitations.
There are both legal and psychological reasons behind my suggestion. If you render aid you are one step closer to having the jury like you. If the jury likes you they are more apt to believe you when you say you had no choice in the shooting.
Psychologically you will have an easier time coping with the aftereffects of the shooting if you did something to try to keep the guy from dying. It also makes an impression on the first officer if he initially sees you as a caregiver, and not a shooter. That might make things a lot easier for you.
If your attacker is down and unconscious there is next to no chance that what you do will bring him back to fighting trim. Without fluid replacement therapy that shouldn't be a concern. Getting the attackers blood on you is not really a concern unless your skin barrier is compromised. If you routinely have open cuts on your hands you should never play in other people's body fluids without barrier protection.
Remember, do not attempt any aid unless you are convinced it will be safe for you to do so. Don't focus on helping to the point that you lose track of your surroundings. Protect yourself first.