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If you are involved in a self-defense altercation, take the following steps after the altercation has ended (if you are still alive and able):
- Ensure there is no longer a threat.
- Weapons. Secure any weapon the assailant used. If you have a weapon, put it away and keep it out of sight. Police have shot innocent people because they were holding weapons when the officers arrived. Tell police about any weapon when they arrive and carefully do what they say.
- Check yourself for injuries. In the heat of battle, you may not realize you are injured until it is too late.
- When assailant is no longer a threat. Check him/her for injuries and help as appropriate. Do not talk to assailant or use abusive language. Do not touch the assailant if he/she appears dead.
- Call the police as soon as possible. Tell them what has taken place and your location. Ask for emergency medical assistance. Do not give too many details of the incident over the phone.
- Check out the scene. Make a complete check of the scene but do not tamper with any evidence. Do not let anyone else handle any evidence.
- Identify witnesses. They may be the only way to prove what really happened.
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