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Can deadly force be used to stop car theft ?

New Orleans, LA |

Thief attempted to steal my car and refused to get out of vehicle..Car wouldn't start so he finally got out and ran...

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Attorney answers 1


If he's now running away, I don't see how you could justify deadly force. Deadly force is generally authorized in Louisiana when someone is breaking into your car and YOU are in it, when someone is breaking into your house and you are in it, or when someone is personally attacking you and that is the force required to protect yourself.

In this case, if you chased this guy down with your car after he started running and killed him, you would be liable because you became the aggressor.

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