As seen on:
1610 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL
Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
In Florida, an officer may use deadly force where “the officer reasonably believes that the fleeing felon has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm to another person.” Fla. Stat. Section 776.051(1). This law is broader than the Supreme Court ruling that deadly force is reasonable only where it is necessary to prevent escape and where the felon threatens death or serious physical harm.
Additionally, Florida prohibits the use of force to resist arrest by a law enforcement officer. Also, it is illegal to flee from a law enforcement officer in a vehicle. The crime is aggravated if the person is leaving the scene of an accident or leading the police in a high-speed chase.