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After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of resisting law enforcement, battery of a law enforcement officer resulting in injury, and disorderly conduct. The court of appeals affirmed. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in giving only the pattern jury instruction regarding the defense of another and not his tendered jury instructions. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to give Defendant's tendered instructions, as the Indiana Pattern Jury Instruction is a correct statement of the law and continues to serve as the primary guide for trial judges on the issues of self-defense or defense of another. Remanded to the trial court to correct the abstract of judgment.