Sorry for my short initial post lacking detail.
Let's say I'm OCing here, and the mugger is slightly smaller than me, armed with an electonic stun gun (him being 25 feet away), which would be a non-lethal weapon, and we're in the open--my wife is unable to outrun this man.
I know that the stungun itself would not be a deadly weapon, so even if he charged us with it, I'm not sure I could legally shoot him. Further, in PA would the purse have to be given to the mugger?
Section 505, title 18(2)(ii) reads,
(ii) the actor knows that he can avoid the necessity
of using such force with complete safety by retreating or
by surrendering possession of a thing to a person
asserting a claim of right thereto or by complying with a
demand that he abstain from any action which he has no
duty to take, except that:
(A) the actor is not obliged to retreat from his
dwelling or place of work, unless he was the initial
aggressor or is assailed in his place of work by
another person whose place of work the actor knows it
to be; and
(B) a public officer justified in using force in
the performance of his duties or a person justified
in using force in his assistance or a person
justified in using force in making an arrest or
preventing an escape is not obliged to desist from
efforts to perform such duty, effect such arrest or
prevent such escape because of resistance or
threatened resistance by or on behalf of the person
against whom such action is directed.
So, it sounds like, at least at first, that I could not stand my ground here and the purse would have to be given to the robber?
Let's say that the purse was given to the robber, and then my wife and I run away, and the mugger begins to run after us, what's the best thing to do?
Sorry if this sounds ridiculous. :?