Gunfight caught on dashcam: 10-minute training

Trooper Matt Zistel of the Oregon State Police was fired on by an ex-U.S. Army Reservist named John Van Allen — Allen was killed by a single gunshot wound, but Zistel is preparing to return to patrol


As we reported this morning, Oregon State Police released video in which a deadly gunfight occurred during a daytime traffic stop in late August. 

John Van Allen, whose three children were in the car next to him, opened fire on Trooper Matt Zistel. Zistel moved behind his squad car and returned fire. Allen was killed by a single gunshot to his chest. Zistel was treated and released from a nearby hospital. 

It’s a little unfortunate that the headline of our news coverage (and I, just now) told you what was going to happen in the video — that’s the thing with news headlines, we’ve got to tell you what you’re going to get — because if we’d posted it “raw” there would be some added training value. 

We can’t un-ring a bell, put the toothpaste back in the tube, or un-see that video from earlier today. But we can do a 10-minutes training session (and we all know that a great deal can be accomplished during a 10-minute daily training session) that address some of those training points even knowing the outcome of the gunfight. Check out the video and pick up on this analysis below.

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