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Newhall Shooting - A Tactical Analysis: An inside look at the most tragic and influential police gunfight of the modern era. (Concealed Carry Series) [Kindle Edition]

Michael E. Wood
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Book Description

As the son of a California Highway Patrolman who was a contemporary of the slain officers in the famed 1970 Newhall shooting, Michael E. Wood grew up hearing about the event and its influence on the CHP and law enforcement community. That experience led to his authoring Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis, arguably the most thoroughly researched and documented account of the shooting to date. He is a lifelong shooter and student of armed self-defense and a graduate of civilian self-defense training schools, including the Lethal Force Institute and The HALO Group. Wood is a military officer and pilot with 22 years of experience in operational environments, including combat operations, and is accustomed to analyzing events and deriving "lessons learned" for application in training and programs.

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About the Author

Mike Wood is an Air Force pilot with over 550 combat hours in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and the son of a 30 year California Highway Patrolman. He is a graduate of multiple government and commercial firearms training programs (including Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Lethal Force Institute, and Massad Ayoob Group), and a lifelong student of self defense.

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  • File Size: 4860 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This book, along with John Anderson's "The Newhall Incident", and Bud Bradshaw's "Brandishing" gives a complete picture of the Newhall Shooting, considered to be the worst tragedy in the history of law enforcement in which four young CHP officers were killed in the eventual shootout during a traffic stop. Wood looks at the incident from an analytical perspective, from the actions of the four officers in their attempt to stop the criminals Davis and Twining in response to a brandishing a weapon call, to the procedures and practices of the California Highway Patrol. While none of Wood's insights is meant to bring negative light or to blame Officers Gore, Frago, Alleyn, and Pence for their actions on the night of April 5, 1970, the book does give a critical review of the Highway Patrol's attitude and focus at that time and the nature of the training of the four officers that may have some impact on their actions that fateful night.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an outstanding book! February 18, 2013
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I remember when this event occurred as a child, and as an ex Police Officer I recall learning about the Newhall shooting during my academy in late 1989. To say that I was intrigued with the title of this book would be an understatement. Author Mike Wood breaks the event down into a timeline that, put simply, was riveting to me. His writing style is easy to read and even enjoyable. Wood includes his references in footnotes and I even read all of these, which led me into other areas of research as well.

Wood's analysis of the Newhall shooting is detailed, complete and thought provoking. Countless numbers of law enforcement officer's lives have been saved since the Newhall shooting due to the CHP and virtually every other agency across the U.S. changing their training tactics in light of what was learned on that fateful day. My hope is that this fresh and current view of the Newhall shooting will serve as a reminder to all current LEOs and other Sheepdogs, and the lessons outlined in this book will save even more lives.

Get this book. You won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed Analysis March 24, 2013
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I just finished reading "Newhall Shooting - A Tactical Analysis". It is a great book and very well shows the price that can be paid with inadequate training (by today's standards) and minimal experience. As a pilot I analyze aircraft accidents so I will not make the same mistakes. This book does a great job showing you how to do the same with a gunfight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read With Great Lessons April 14, 2013
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The Newhall Shooting - A Tactical Analysis is a great read! Mike Wood did an outstanding job researching this tragic event from 1970. Even though I am not a law enforcement officer, there are some valuable lessons to be learned on just how valuable mindset can be if you are ever confronted with a life or death situation such as these officers were.

As a concealed carry license holder, Mike's analysis and research provided me with some very important things to consider if I were ever involved in a situation that required me to use my firearm. By having the right fighting mindset already established, you eliminate that initial hesitation your mind will have ("Is this really happening?") and possibly save your life. It was very apparent that the bad guys had already established a superior fighting mindset in this situation, which unfortunately cost four California Highway Patrol officers their lives.

Overall, the book is very well researched and written. Definitely one I recommend reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Lt. Colonel Wood's "Newhall Shooting" is arguably one the most analytical text ever written on one of the most deadly firefights in law enforcement history. The book is also a riveting read and separates facts from myth. Lt. Colonel Wood does an exceptional job of contrasting the firefight facts against the development of firearms training before, during and after the tragic loss of 4 California Highway Patrol Troopers.

Rarely do tactical books offer research-based tactical analysis that is cited with the meticulous detail of a graduate level textbook. Hopefully, this is not the last book the Lt. Colonel writes. A "must read" for instructors who study firefight science. A must read for any officer who wants to enhance their understanding of survival tactics and combat physiology.

Bruce Siddle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 26, 2013
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The first part of the book covers the death of four officers in four and one half minutes, knowing what we know today one can see what the did incorrectly. Overriding is that they were not trained in what they had to do, they were really highway ticket writers with many restrictions on use of arms. The truth is they were set up to fail, and not through any fault of their own. The books goes on to cover how training from then on got better. All their qualification shooting was with one hand at bulls eyes, no movement, no find cover. The book is very good, very well written with honor for the officers who lost their lives. There is much to learn here or review covering your own approach to a dangerous situation. Never mind it was forty years ago, read it and learn form it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding April 19, 2013
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After reading this book I believe that I understand the sequence of events better than ever. I was a young officer in Indiana when this happened and it was shocking that 4 guys went down so quickly. To summarize my feelings about it now is that they were what some of us later called "baby cops" young and unseasoned. Their departments training and policies were not adequate at the time (unfortunately most agencies only learn this when they lose someone). I am an old retired guy now but please pray for the families of these four youngsters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very Informative
This is a solid and practical summary of the Newhall incident. This is a must read for anyone who has a passion for law enforcement tactics.
Published 11 days ago by Donna Duran
5.0 out of 5 stars Good technical information on one of the nations worst unformed ...
Good technical information on one of the nations worst unformed officer's shootings in history. It gave excellent incite on myths that were published about the incident, the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Cory Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-have for Law Enforcement Educators, Trainers, and...
This book is the best treatment so far of events surrounding April 6, 1970. The Newhall incident is rather specialized history for the average reader to digest, but that's not... Read more
Published 22 days ago by API Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good analysis, very thorough
Very good analysis, very thorough, but very short. Only covers the actual incident and has no supporting detail or real story regarding the major players or the outcome of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by fire for effect
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books out there for those who want to truly ...
One of the best books out there for those who want to truly understand professional firearms training and the sad history that let to many of today's techniques and methodologies.
Published 2 months ago by DutchJohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of critical felony stop and related law enforcement...
The author summarizes the systemic failures that resulted in the deaths of four CHP Officers in 1970. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill C
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a well thought out and in depth look ...
This is a well thought out and in depth look at the Newhall Shooting. A must read for Law Enforcement!
Published 2 months ago by James E. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Very well written, Tedious research, informative on so many levels, fascinating.... These are just a few things that come to mind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Real world review of historic event
This is an excellent book for law enforcement, security, armed citizens, or anyone interested in the effects of armed conflict. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. P. Smith
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Massad Ayoob is one of the pre-eminent fighting handgun trainers in the world. He operates the Lethal Force Institute, which trains both U.S. and international clients. His methods of reflexive, high speed yet accurate shooting has been adopted by the U.S. army as part of its standard pistol-training course. Massad has written many books for Krause Publications, including Combat Handgunnery, The Gun Digest Book of Sig-Sauer, and The Gun Digest Book of Beretta Pistols.

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