Ad'lan wrote:I'm finally starting to feel the adrenaline burn out, again thanks for all the kind words. Were there any better ways I could have dealt with this situation? What would be the different situation in America, what if I had access to firearms?
First: Boy am I glad you are OK. Tackling a desperate knife toting convict = big risk.
If you'd had access to a firearm I don't think it would have made much difference - not really acceptable to shoot a fleeing man, or an unarmed one. By the time you found out he had a knife, you'd already closed in to arm's length from him. The gun wouldn't have done much good - there's a thread here about Tueller drills and such - if you'd gone for it once you realized he had a knife.
I agree that pinning his arms to foul his knife draw might have been a good idea. What had he stolen?