Trends and patterns of justifiable homicide: A comparative analysis

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This paper reports the first national level analysis of police and citizen justifiable homicides for a twelve year period. Utilizing data from the Comparative Homicide File, trends and characteristics of police and citizen justifiable homicides are described and reviewed. Particular emphasis is given to comparing justifiable homicides to criminal homicides. The results establish that while similar to criminal homicide, police and citizen justifiable homicides differ significantly in terms of factors such as circumstance, relationship, weapons, and racial characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-356
Number of pages10
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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