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Old June 25, 2013, 11:46 AM   #13
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 24,160
Citizens arrest is tricky. The citizen has to follow all the rules of arrest, including the Miranda rules; failure to do that could well result in the subject being freed and suing the citizen for false arrest.

A citizen may use a gun to detain a person whom he/she has reasonable cause to believe has committed a felony and/or is a danger to himself/herself or to others, but if the person chooses to simply walk away, the citizen can (in most states) cannot use deadly force to stop the person.

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