Per agency policy and the Attorney General Guidelines on the Use of Force: “A law enforcement officer may use deadly force when the officer reasonably believes such action is immediately necessary to protect the officer or another person from imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm. A law enforcement officer may use deadly force to prevent the escape of a fleeing suspect:
- Whom the officer has probable cause to believe has committed an offense in which the suspect caused or attempted to cause death or serious bodily harm; and
- Who will pose an imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm should the escape succeed; and
- When the use of deadly force presents no substantial risk of injury to innocent persons.
If feasible, a law enforcement officer should identify himself/herself and state his/her intention to shoot before using a firearm.”