I haven't encountered much violence in my life. But, I have. As a news editor in Henryetta, Oklahoma (The Daily Free-Lance) in the mid-1970s, I used to ride along with Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers on my day off (Monday). Quite the experience. The speed traps were always fun, but that's not what this is about.
My first encounter with violence was when I was invited to join state troopers on a manhunt for 3 escaped prisoners from the state penitentiary in McAlester, about an hour away (by vehicle). We found one of the prisoners with a bullet to his head in a shack near Coalton, Oklahoma. Coalton doesn't really exist anymore (it's near Dewar), whose hay day was during a brief 1920's coal boom when it's population approached 10,000, for a very short time.