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What are Washington's Self Defense Laws?

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While investigators work to figure out whether a Pasco man acted within the law on Friday morning when he shot and killed an alleged intruder, NBC Right Now looked into the state's self defense laws. While investigators work to figure out whether a Pasco man acted within the law on Friday morning when he shot and killed an alleged intruder, NBC Right Now looked into the state's self defense laws.

KENNEWICK, WA - While investigators work to figure out whether a Pasco man acted within the law on Friday morning when he shot and killed an alleged intruder, NBC Right Now looked into the state's self defense laws.

Washington's stand your ground statue does allow the use of deadly force during dangerous situations. It's called 'justifiable homicide' and it's always applicable when it comes to your home. 

The law says that you have to believe that you or whoever you're with is in imminent danger. That could be either the danger of bodily harm or the belief that the suspect is going to commit a felony.

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller told us last summer, when we covered this after the George Zimmerman trial in Florida, that Washington's stand your ground laws are some of the toughest. 

He said in court, a person's actions won't be judged on what a reasonable person would do but rather that person's fear alone is enough to justify protecting yourself, in whatever means possible.
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