Something I'm Wondering About

United States
February 28, 2008 10:27am CST
If anyone here is a cop, knows a cop, used to be a cop or has a lot of legal knowledge...please answer! But of course I'm looking for anyone's views and opinions on this. I was wondering last night when I was watching Most Shocking...if you see a cop in trouble, can you hit their attacker with your car with consequence? You see, the video I was watching-a cop was shot in the arm by a guy, and she was the only cop around at the time. She was standing in front of her cruiser (which was moving because it wasn't in park) so she had to walk backwards, into a intersection, her gun jammed and was no longer working, and the gunmen was shooting at her from behind the cruiser. She was in a lot of trouble! Now...if you were in a situation like this, Can you hit that gunman with your car (not saying any specific speed) without going to jail/getting in trouble. If not, how much trouble do you think you would get in?
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Depends on where you are, but usually you can kill someone to save an officer's life. We had a situation where an officer was being shot at and someone took their hunting riffle and shot the guy. But that was in VT. NY, who knows, here everyone has to prove defense.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Mar 08
If you hit someone with a car, you are taking the chance of killing the person. If you don't hit the person hard enough to kill him or her, then the person may shoot you. There are always more than one possible scenario. In NY State, you shoot to stop an action or you hit someone to stop an action. The intent is not supposed to be to kill. But if that's the only way to stop someone. . .. With this situation, you could butt the car and maybe not kill the person, but the car you hit might hit the officer, if we're thinking of the same show. Take care, your heart is in the right place, but there are so many possibilities, that's why on some of these shows, they don't want civilians helping and sometimes they do. Take care