While standing in line at the grocery store today I overheard a lady telling the clerk that she wished she had shot the two bad guys that were stealing her stereo out of her car the other night.
What’s wrong with that statement????
Well, let’s look at the facts…..is anyone’s life in danger? Was anybody threatened with grave bodily harm.??.. I don’t think so. Let’s look at the statute.
Colorado 18-1-706 Use of Physical Force in Defense of Property
A person is justified in using reasonable and appropriate physical force upon another person when and to the extent that he reasonably believes it necessary to prevent what he reasonably believes to be an attempt by the other person to commit theft, criminal mischief, or criminal tampering involving property, but he may use deadly physical force under these circumstances only in defense of himself or another as described in section 18-1-704.
Basically, if you shoot someone for a crime against property you are the criminal. Remember you can only use deadly force in defense of a life.
NONE OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS LEGAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY BEFORE RELYING UPON THE ABOVE INFORMATION IN ANY WAY.