A routine traffic in Hamilton, Montana. An unprovolked attack on a State Trooper.
I know you aren't armed. I know you aren't supposed to make traffic stops. But what if the vehicle had struck a tree and you just stopped to check on the driver's welfare?
Rule 1 - Watch his eyes.
Corollary to Rule 1 - Watch his hands, he can't kill you with his eyes.
Rule 2 - "He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day."
Corollary to Rule 2 - You're not being paid to fight. Just run away.
When you arrive on the scene of something like a collision or a suspicious vehicle, notify your dispatcher of the location, description of the vehicle(s) and tag numbers. (Dispatcher? What's that? Or, in my case: "Why bother?") Or, at any rate, jot down the tag number on a pad in your vehicle.
I'm serious as a heart attack here, folks. The reason for writing the tag number down is, if you get shot, the police will have something to go on.
How's that make you feel?
It might not do you any good. But it might help catch the person who shot you.
At least, you will have a satisfied ghost.