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Was the use of force justified in the following situation? A 19-year-old woman was raped by two men. She subsequently invited them for a return date, at which time she killed one with a shotgun, while the other man fled.

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The use of force was definitely not justified in this circumstance.  This is simply a revenge killing.

The use of force is allowable to prevent things from happening, not to avenge them.  A person may use force if they fear that something bad is going to happen to them, to their property, or to another person.  But that is about something that is going to happen, not about something that has already happened.

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