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Old December 29, 2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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If a person shoots and kills a person in self defense....

If a person shoots and kills a bad guy in self defense, does the law require the shooter to turn himself in to the police? Or even report the incident?

The reason I ask this is because it seems contrary to the Constitutional right to the 5th Amendment where a person is not required to divulge information to the Police which may incriminate him in a crime. In at least some states, the shooting of a person is considered a crime, to which self defense is merely an affirmative defense to the crime. Does anyone know the answer to this?
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