2020 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 11 - General Provisions
Part 6 - Justification Excluding Criminal Responsibility
§ 39-11-612. Defense of Third Person

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-11-612 (2020)

A person is justified in threatening or using force against another to protect a third person, if:

  1. Under the circumstances as the person reasonably believes them to be, the person would be justified under § 39-11-611 in threatening or using force to protect against the use or attempted use of unlawful force reasonably believed to be threatening the third person sought to be protected; and
  2. The person reasonably believes that the intervention is immediately necessary to protect the third person.
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