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I have a hypothetical scenario that I would like to run by y'all.

You are out by yourself on the Silver Comet trail (no witnesses) you feel that a person is a threat in some way. Lets say a man asking for money while his hand is in his pocket (possible knife, gun?), or maybe he's coming out of the woods and following you, or it's an outright confrontation. Regardless whether he is passively aggressive, or very aggressive, you feel that he is a threat to you in some way.

If you draw your weapon, point it at him, and back away or otherwise leave the scene with your gun pointed at him (maybe telling him not to move at the same time), should you report the incident to police?

Are you asking for trouble (i.e. tresspassing, or worse) if you do? Maybe the guy was a little weird, but otherwise harmless. Are you justified in pointing your weapon at him? If he calls the cops on you, and you haven't reported it, are you in trouble?

I've always heard that if you pull the gun, be prepared to use it, and that means to kill. But if you pull the gun to hopefully defuse the situation and that works, could it come back and bite you?

I realize this is very broadly worded and every situation is a little different, but I thought I'd throw it out there for a discussion.
 

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Thanks for that hypothetical, I actually laughed out loud while picturing it.

I think you also answered my questions by stating
You are justified if a reasonable person in your circumstance would believe they were in danger of imminent death or grievous bodily injury.
But this begs the question, who is that "reasonable person", the jury of my peers? In other words, the young lady in your story could be arrested because I really did not pose a threat, even though she thought that I did, and I could claim she "brandished" her gun at me. No?

There is a point at which a decision is made to either draw the gun, or not. I just pray that I make the right decision if faced it...not too soon, and definately not too late.
 
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