Self-defense shooting classification


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Edmond
October 6, 2005, 11:42 PM
If it were a justified shooting and the shooter was absolved of liability, is it still statistically recorded as a homicide?

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goalie
October 7, 2005, 12:02 AM
Yes, because it was a homicide. More specifically, a JUSTIFIABLE homicide. It would not, however, be part of the murder or manslaughter statistics.

Pilgrim
October 7, 2005, 12:03 AM
I suppose so since 'homicide' essentially means man-death. It depends how conscientious the statistics keeper is as to whether justifiable homicides and excusable homicides are separated from criminal homicides.

Pilgrim

MachIVshooter
October 7, 2005, 12:05 AM
Whether or not it was classified as a homicide, it would definitely be put in the gun-related deaths category the anti's so love to obfuscate. :rolleyes:

Desertdog
October 7, 2005, 12:07 AM
I believe so. IIRC they use the dicitionary definition.

homicide
noun [C/U]
the crime of killing a person; murder

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=homicide*1+0&dict=A

As you can see, there is 2 definitions for homicide and they apply the first one, regardless of outcome.

Edmond
October 7, 2005, 12:12 AM
So under the national statistics, it would be classified as a homicide even though it was justified homicide? I think that really stinks because it skews the statistic. :(

Bartholomew Roberts
October 7, 2005, 12:33 AM
Under the FBI Uniform Crime Reports it might be reported as a justifiable homicide if the agency in charge of investigating it fills out and returns the supplemental reports prior to the deadline. Otherwise it will be classified as a homicide.

Under CDC statistics, they record gunshot deaths at the hospital and usually before a determination has been made so they have only two categories - Homicide and legal intervention. If you are any form of official and shoot somebody it is classified as legal intervention regardless of what later investigation shows. Likewise, if you are a citizen then even self-defense shootings will be classified as homicides.

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