Self defense is always permitted. The question of how much force ie. physical, deadly physical etc. is what the issue is. Deadly physical force is only permitted in those instances permitted by the statute.
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NY law provides a justification defense for the use of deadly force. It applies for use of deadly force to protect self or others
Yes....it is saying it is allowed when defending another person.
BUT, the police don't distinguish this, the courts do so you will likely be arrested and have to defend yourself.
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No, it is not automatically allowed. As other counsel have pointed out the force must be proportionate. Also you will probably be charged and need to defend yourself in court. To do this you will need competent counsel. I can help you.