Shooting at a car trying to run you down?
Dads' fight outside N. Phoenix school ends with 1 run over, killed
And it got me thinking... of course, we don't know whether he hit him from behind or the front, but for the purposes of this discussion, let's assume from the front.
In this case, there's a couple of things here:
1. The distance at which a knife is considered a dire threat has been established, but what about a vehicle? A vehicle has a lot of wiggle room in which direction it can go once it's headed at you... even at 60 miles an hour, it can be right up on you, but it might swerve at the last second. When would you consider it a threat?
2. If you shoot the driver of said vehicle, you stand the risk of causing the vehicle to crash into other structures or innocent bystanders. Could it be argued that by shooting you are inevitably putting innocents at risk? Could that be used against you, even if no one actually gets injured?
3. I know you could be held liable for the damage caused by your sidearm (ex: if you miss and put a hole in someone's house) but would you also be liable for the damage caused by his vehicle?