Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
I guess we're just going to have to agree to disagree, I just don't see cowardice as a virtue.
I don't think putting it in value based statements like "cowardice" is all the useful. You shouldn't have to endanger yourself
to avoid shooting a criminal. If you can run away without risk rather than engaging in violence, you should, but that's frequently not going to be an option.
I don't believe that's accurate. Certainly not in the majority of states with laws similar to FLA's SYG. If the threat of death or serious bodily injury is removed you are no longer justified in using deadly force. So shooting someone in the back as they're running away would be really hard to justify that you were still in fear of death or serious bodily injury. I suppose it's not impossible (you could have just been assaulted and the guy says he's going over to his car to get his gun and shoot you) but I can't see that applying very often.
They were talking about Florida specifically. I don't know, obviously I'm not a lawyer. Just reporting what other law types were reporting.