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Old January 18, 2015, 10:10 AM   #23
Blue Duck
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Generally, you can shoot, use deadly force to stop violence but not to keep someone from leaving after the crime has been committed, unless you are a cop. If you choose to shoot to stop someone from leaving, it's probably going to cause you a lot of trouble and you will be the bad guy, probably.

However, I think it would depend somewhat on the crime that had just been committed by the fleeing, or otherwise departing perpetrator. If you had some knowledge of intent of the perpetrator, seeing that he is danger to others, example; Mall Shooting, where the perpetrator had shot people and was now walking away from you, but still armed, I would shoot him in the back to keep him from shooting someone else around the corner. I think that could be defended, and I doubt one would be prosecuted. But as in all life, nothing is certain.
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