You may have heard the story out of Orem. If not here is a link to the carjacking full story. A few points we can glean from this event.
The first question we often ask in these situations is ‘was it a good shoot?’ Obviously we don’t not have all the facts and lets fact it, the media has been know to embellish irrelevant items while glossing over others. But if we just take what we know at hand, the answer would have to be “Yes!”.
I base this upon simple criteria:
Was there fear of death or serious bodily injury to another person? Yes, this was not so much about the vehicle itself but the fact that the perpetrator was using force to obtain the vehicle. As we discussed during the course, we don’t use deadly force to protect property, but this was not about the property but the force being used against a person to obtain that property. The perpetrator committed a forceable felony.
When confronted, the perpetrator attempted to take the firearm from the shooter. Again, this would constitute a forcible felony and raise to the level of being in fear of death or serious bodily injury.
In reading the comments on KSL (taken with a grain of salt as trolls are very preventing on this site) I would stay there was an overwhelming support for this self defense situation. There is a lot of speculation as to what the perp might have done if he got away and high speed chases, etc. I would suggest losing that thought processes if you posses it. That is akin to saying a person with a firearm is going to shoot up the school, etc. just because they have a firearm. I stay clear of speculating because my crystal ball is in for remain awaiting parts and I would just be guessing.