Please keep in mind that none of the following should be considered legal advice. I’m not an attorney and if you have questions about the use of deadly force you should consult an attorney that is an expert in this area of the law.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the use of deadly force is a complicated topic. The concepts that govern the use of force aren’t all that difficult themselves but the circumstances where they are applied are. The variables are unending, diverse and they change again each time a new person puts themselves into the circumstances. That is the beginning of the complexity.
Add in the idea that if you make a mistake in the use of deadly force and you will face severe consequences and now we face complexity with high stakes.
Often in life we handle situations like this by simply behaving conservatively but when it comes to deadly force we need to respond appropriately. Too much of a response and you become the criminal and face a loss of personal freedom and or your financial security. Too little of a response and you or those that you love face serious injury or death.
It isn’t an easy situation is it?