By now, you’ve heard the story about the Appleton man who fended off two attackers by pulling out his concealed 40-calliber Smith and Wesson Tuesday. If you’re one of the thousands of gun carrying Wisconsinites, you have to ask, “What if that happens to me?”Wausau Deputy Chief of Police Brian Hilts says these situations are rare, but they do happen.
He says whenever possible, it’s best to do nothing when provoked. Hilts says the apparent victim, Scott VanPatter from Appleton had every right to protect himself from further harm, since Nicholas Flanagan and Jessica Ratiliff had entered his vehicle and started causing physical harm.
He says if you are ever involved in a situation, make sure you inform the 9-1-1 operator that you have a weapon and if it’s drawn, and when officers arrive on the scene, follow the officers instructions very carefully. It is also normal to place everyone in handcuffs until the situation is sorted out, for everyone’s safety.
The Tuesday incident still has some investigative work being done by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department for the alleged sideswiping on highway 29 before Michael Flanagan and Jessica Ratliff rammed their van into VanPatter’s SUV. Flannigan and Ratliff have claimed to be the victims in this incident. They’ve been charged with battery and disorderly conduct and released from jail on a cash bond.