10 Run… Hide… Fight! Good Samaritan Laws

Kirk Evans, president of Texas and U.S. Law Shield:

Do you face legal liability if you try to help someone in an active shooter situation with protective advice or medical issues? Here with a look at Good Samaritan laws and protections is Michele Byington.

Michele Byington, Texas Law Shield Firearms Program Attorney

So say you neutralize that active shooter with your firearm. You shoot through him, that bullet overpenetrates and hits an innocent bystander behind him.

Could you be civilly liable for the damages caused to that third party?

And the answer is absolutely Yes!

They may file a lawsuit in order to gain medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium. There’s a whole litany of things that they could bring suit in order to gain damages.

Now what you need to remember is that here in Texas, if you were legally justified on the criminal side, then that lawsuit hopefully will never make it to trial. But if it does, then we’ve got a great argument that since you were legally justified, that these damages and that lawsuit should just go away.

Kirk Evans, president of Texas and U.S. Law Shield:

From Columbine to Sandy Hook, from Virginia Tech to the Navy Shipyards, and from Orlando to San Bernardino, the phrase ‘Active Shooter’ has become all too common. On behalf of Texas and U.S. Law Shield, I hope that we have provided you some insight that can help you through one of these tragic situations. For more information on our Active Shooter series or how to join the more than 200,000 law-abiding gunowners we protect, visit TexasLawShield.com or USLawShield.com. Thank you.