Use of Force – Deadly Force

Deadly Force

Definition: According to the Texas Penal Code, Deadly force does not only mean that you are shooting someone or striking the person to kill them. Deadly force, according to the law, can be striking someone with a fist in the face and breaking his nose, kicking to the groin, kicking to the knee, etc. Most strikes to targets that are not major muscle groups can lead to breaks and severe/permanent injury and are considered to be deadly force.

Deadly force is at the top of the Use of Force Continuum because it should be used as a last resort or when the threat is immediate fear of death for you or a third party. Remember, you must be able to justify this use of force in a court of law and that there were no other alternatives.