To the thread starter, as I understand the law as it sits at this moment, you have a "duty" to retreat, if possible, from your house unless there are others in the house with you that cannot retreat(such as children or a spouse in a room seperate from you, or you are upstairs, etc...)
If you feel your life is threatened then you can use deadly force(if you make your presence known and he does anything you deem as threatening)
If he turns and runs he is not threatening you and you will get it in the butt if you kill him! for now atleast
Outside of the house you're not going to get away with shooting someone over theft unless you confront them and you feel your life is in danger .
The Castle Doctrine, as I understand it so far, states that you will no longer have a duty to retreat from a thief in your house, your car, or your business; Meaning you can use deadly force before your life has been threatened to stop the burglary/ensure your safety. Also I believe as far as a car is concerned it's referring to you being in the car i.e. you are getting car-jacked. I'm not sure how it will affect a car in the driveway.
It also states, as I understand it, that you will be protected from civil suits brought on by family members of perps, or perps themselves if you shoot them.
Last edited by 99SVTour; 02-06-2007 at 08:00 PM.