::Deadly force


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Deadly force, as defined by the United States Armed Forces, that force which a person uses with the purpose of causing death or serious bodily harm. Or which a reasonable and prudent person would consider likely to create a substantial risk of causing death or serious bodily harm.. In most jurisdictions, the use of deadly force is justified only under conditions of extreme necessity as a last resort, when all lesser means have failed or cannot reasonably be employed.<ref>AFI 31-207 Arming and Use of Force by Air Force Personnel</ref><ref name="robertankony">Robert C. Ankony, "Sociological and Criminological Theory: Brief of Theorists, Theories, and Terms," CFM Research, July 2012, page 37.</ref>

Firearms, bladed weapons, explosives, and vehicles are among those weapons the use of which is considered deadly force. The use of non-traditional weapons in an offensive manner, such as a baseball bat, sharp pencil, tire iron or other, may also be considered deadly force.<ref name="robertankony" />

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