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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 8/7/2002 3:41:29 AM EST
My wife's a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for a much-maligned DOJ agency. Although an expert shot with her H&K .40, I'm concerned about her reluctance to use her weapon in certain hypothetical situations. I have no doubts about her preparedness to protect herself or our kids if faced with a serious threat, but she believes she has no legal right to use her weapon outside the scope of her job description (Immigration). I don't want her playing super-cop, but I do want her to have piece of mind. Would the law protect Federal Officer's in certain situations, let's say, thwarting a car-jacking, robbery, rape, etc.? What would the ramifications be if she used deadly force?
Link Posted: 8/7/2002 11:19:27 AM EST
Her position as a federal lackey, er, I mean agent, has absolutely nothing to do with the hypo. In VA, (and most states), your wife, or any citizen for that matter, can use deadly force to repel deadly force or what she reasonably perceives as deadly force, period. It is assumed, in the hypo, that escape is not feasible. In the home, she can use it against a trespasser so long as she reasonably believes the person is going to threaten at least serious bodily injury to her and/or other family members. Ever take a look at Texas' deadly force laws? Sheeeeeit; they can cap a trespasser, at night, who is stealing a garden hose! That's right, they can use it for property theft at night. Rape, carjacking etc.? Certainly that was a rhetorical question. Of course she can.
Link Posted: 8/7/2002 4:52:34 PM EST
(sniffle...wiping tear from eye...) I love Texas.
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