A person is justified in the use of force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent or terminate the other’s trespass on, or other tortious or criminal interference with, either real property other than a dwelling or personal property, lawfully in his or her possession or in the possession of another who is a member of his or her immediate family or household or of a person whose property he or she has a legal duty to protect. However, the person is justified in the use of deadly force only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person does not have a duty to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be.
s. 13, ch. 74-383; s. 1189, ch. 97-102; s. 3, ch. 2005-2
Is there any "obligation" to use deadly force in order to protect anyone other than myself or a family member?
April 02, 2012
Steven Daily: ...
No, there is never an obligation to use deadly force to protect oneself or another person. Florida Statutes section 776.031 merely states the circumstances under which the use of deadly force is allowed, and whether, as in the case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, a person has the obligation to retreat if threatened with violence.
April 02, 2012
My concern is that I might be sued if I do not prevent serious bodily harm or death given that I would have that capacity. My preference is to "not " intervene in someone else's defence, regardless of the situation.
April 03, 2012
JOYCE GRAMMER: ...
this Zimmerman guy sounds like a chubby Barney fife.