The use of Deadly Force ... Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy
Use of deadly force is determined to be justifiable or not in the eyes of the courts and/or a jury. Of the many factors that come into play regarding use of force, the determination whether the use of force was justified or not, depends on the defendant demonstrating that three criteria were present in the incident: Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy, or AOJ. For a more detailed discussion and practical examples of the AOJ principles, watch this seminar on Lethal Force and The Law by Second Call Defense CEO and Founder, Sean Maloney. Although the AOJ discussion begins at the 39:00 mark, the entire video is important for any firearms owner to watch. There are many books available on this subject as well.
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