The following is a video transcript.
Hi, this is Robert Robles, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield in the State of Oklahoma. I would like to talk to you today about using deadly force to protect a third party in a self-defense situation.
The question is, “Can you protect a third person in a self-defense situation?” The answer is clearly, “Yes.”
You can use reasonable force or deadly force to protect a third party. You can, in the State of Oklahoma, only use deadly force to protect a third party in the same situation as you would yourself (when you are threatened with imminent danger of death or imminent danger of grievous bodily harm by someone else).
Since you can legally do this, when should you do this?
That is the really big question because it is fraught with dangers. It is dangerous enough using deadly force to defend yourself—even more so when you attempt to defend a third party with deadly force.
Exercise extreme caution when protecting yourself with deadly force and exercise even more caution when protecting third parties and using deadly force on their behalf.
If you have any questions about defending third parties with deadly force, feel free to call U.S. LawShield and I will be happy to discuss this issue or other issues you might have. Thank you very much.