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(a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another person when and to the extent that he reasonably believes such force is necessary to defend himself or a third person against such other person’s immediate use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself or a third person.

(b) A person is not justified in using force under this section if he was the aggressor or was engaged in combat by consent, unless he has withdrawn from the encounter and effectively communicated his withdrawal to the other person.

(c) A person is not justified in using force under this section if he initially provoked the use of force upon himself with the intent to use such force as an excuse to inflict harm upon another, or if he is attempting to commit, committing, or fleeing after the commission of an offense.

Comment: This section is in its original adopted version.

[Res. 10-27-77B, 1977. Prior Code § 5-80-060.]