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    Wondering about the legality of shooting out a tire

    If you witnessed a robbery or aggravated assault for instance and you shot out their tire, what would the possible legal consequences be?

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    Shooting at a moving vehicle? Bad idea.

    You use your sidearm/deadly force to defend against an imminent threat of grave bodily harm or death. Whether it's technically legal or not, you could be charged and find yourself spending bu ku money on attys.

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    I think to a large degree it would depend on the specifics of the situation and its ultimate outcome. If for example you successfully thwarted a child abduction resulting in the kid being rescued unharmed and the bad guy being apprehended by shooting out the guy's tire, then the cops/SA might decline to charge you with anything.

    If anything goes wrong though, you could easily find yourself SOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie View Post
    Shooting at a moving vehicle? Bad idea.

    You use your sidearm/deadly force to defend against an imminent threat of grave bodily harm or death. Whether it's technically legal or not, you could be charged and find yourself spending bu ku money on attys.

    Mine your own business, be a good witness
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    Miss the tire and hit the gas tank or gas line and it's all different after that. Take out your camera and get the plate number or a picture of the perp.

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    Been awhile since I read it but last I knew Florida had a statute that said firing at an occupied motor vehicle is considered use of deadly force regardless of your intent or the outcome.
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    Unless you can hit the sidewall with something like the "Flying Ashtray" load in a .45 ACP, you are unlikely to penetrate the tire. Angle strikes on bodywork can result in ricochets, and then it's all chaos theory math and karma what you will hit.

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    Agree with Brownie and BrianB. Don’t do it.
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