Let Me Get This Straight....
Let me get this straight.
- She stops in a public place a considerable distance from his vehicle. It is my understanding of vehicular accident rules that if there is an accident, you need to stop and deal with, at least, the insurance issues.
- The enraged driver leaves his vehicle, goes to hers, and starts pounding in the window, attempting to get the door open and get inside.
- She stops the threat to her life and limb.
In your world view, she should have just keep going to somewhere, even though that might have been breaking the law. You seem to think that she could have avoided the confrontation that she did not initiate, and this is the ONLY solution possible. It is her fault that he got out of his vehicle and attacked her, I assume.
Florida law is not the same as Texas. However there are two rules that apply in this case.
1. You Have to Know Where the Bright Line to Act Is. At what point can you legally stop the threat.
You must know at what point under what circumstances deadly force is appropriate. This is not something you can figure out at the time, you must have internalized it before it the event starts, much like what you do when you drive your car on ice, for example. You must automatically and immediately know when the line is crossed.
The woman clearly did.
3. There can be NO hesitation as soon as the opportunity/shot is cleared tactically after the Bright Line has been and remains crossed. As John Bernard Books - John Wayne's character in his last movie The Shootist stated - You Must Be WILLING.
"It isn't always being fast or even accurate that counts, it's being willing. I found out early that most men, regardless of cause or need, aren't willing. They blink an eye or draw a breath before they pull a trigger. I won't."
You can not be looking for wiggle room or a gray area here. The threat exists, and needs to be stopped. Looking for a Third Middle Compromise Solution leads to hesitation, which will lead to you not dealing with your responsibilities in a timely manner. It is you - not the person or persons presenting the threat - that you are responsible for.
She passed this test also.
I will only fault her for not thinking things through and getting her mind prepared in advance of the event for the aftermath.