Most people err in providing TOO MUCH information to the police. That’s why there are so many experts instructing armed citizens to “say nothing” to responding police officers. Saying nothing is BETTER than saying too much but it may not be the BEST course of action.
I think Massad Ayoob provides the best advice here. In his work as a police officer, prosecutor, and expert witness, he has seen it all and knows what works. His suggestions in The Armed Citizens Legal Network Journal are as follows:
Massad Ayoob’s Five-Point Checklist1. Tell responding officers “I’m the victim; he is the perpetrator.”
2. Tell responding officers, “I will sign a complaint.”
3. Point out pertinent evidence.
4. Point out any witnesses who saw what happened.
5. If there is any hint that you are a suspect, say “Officer, you will have my full cooperation after I have counsel here.