I don't actually get my license until early June, cause appointments take a while with my local sheriff.
And, in the class I had to take for gun safety and such.
It said to use deadly force, essentially there had to be reasonable belief that someone, myself had to be in threat of serious bodily harm or death, or significant property damage.
So, we had a bunch of examples given to the class:
I.E. Guy walks into a movie theater shoots 6 people, then throws down his gun, puts his hands on his head and lays down.
We can now no longer shoot him because he is unarmed and is not an active threat. And if we shot him it would be an execution, not a prevention.
And I am pretty sure the answer is yes to the question I have, but I though I would ask anyways.
Let's say I am in line for groceries and the guy 4 people ahead of me pulls out a knife or gun and starts demanding money from the cashier.
Am I at the moment able to draw and shoot him? Without saying anything, just pop-pop?
Because, on one hand I suppose I'd prefer if nobody died, and I was able to defuse by just drawing my weapon and demanding he surrender.
But, if he also has a gun, just in the time I am yelling for him to surrender he could turn and shoot me, so it'd be much safer if I just shot him immediately.
What do you guys think, and what is the law regarding this? (I know it can differ state-to-state).