https://supreme.justia.com/cases/fed.../case.html#466 - note the order of the words:
http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinio...wp/2193992.pdf - note the order of the words:Held that if W. believed and had reasonable ground for the belief that he was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm from....
Kevin Harris v. Commonwealth, Va. App. (2001 Unpublished)And if they believed from the evidence that this was true, and that the killing was under reasonable apprehension of imminent peril....
Case law speaks of the imminent threat. It does not interchange that with the threat of imminent. You may also want to review basic grammar regarding the placement of adjectives and the determination of that which they refer to."Justifiable homicide in self-defense occurs [when] a person, without any fault on his part in provoking or bringing on the difficulty, kills another under reasonable apprehension of (N.B. thhat would be an imminant threat) death or great bodily harm to himself. "Smith, 17 Va. App. at 71, 435 S.E.2d at 416 (citations omitted).
http://www.edufind.com/english-gramm...tives-english/Unlike Adverbs, which often seem capable of popping up almost anywhere in a sentence, adjectives nearly always appear immediately before the noun or noun phrase that they modify. Sometimes they appear in a string of adjectives, and when they do, they appear in a set order according to category. (See Below.) When indefinite pronouns — such as something, someone, anybody — are modified by an adjective, the adjective comes after the pronoun:
Anyone capable of doing something horrible to someone nice should be punished.
Something wicked this way comes.
http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinio...wp/1010071.pdfAdjectives in English usually appear in front of the noun that they modify.
None of this is going to change your mind, but waiting for a threat of imminent death or great bodily injury will get you dead or hurt greatly a lot faster than dealing with an imminent threat of death or great bodily injury."There must [also] be some overt act indicative of imminent danger at the time." Vlastaris v. Commonwealth, 164 Va. 647, 652, 178 S.E. 775, 776 (1935). See also Yarborough v. Commonwealth, 217 Va. 971, 975, 234 S.E.2d 286, 290 (1977); Mercer v. Commonwealth, 150 Va. 588, 597, 142 S.E. 369, 371 (1928). In other words, a defendant "must wait till some overt act is done[,] . . . till the danger becomes imminent." Vlastaris, 164 Va. at 652, 178 S.E. at 777. In the context of a self-defense plea, "imminent danger" is defined as "[a]n immediate, real threat to one's safety . . . ." Black's Law Dictionary 399 (7th ed. 1999). "There must be . . . some act menacing present peril . . . [and] [t]he act . . . must be of such a character as to afford a reasonable ground for believing there is a design . . . to do some serious bodily harm, and imminent danger of carrying such design into immediate execution." Byrd v. Commonwealth, 89 Va. 536, 539, 16 S.E. 727, 729 (1893).