Chapter 16 OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS*
Section 16-111 Use of physical force in defense of property.
(a) A person may, subject to the limitations of paragraph
(b) of this section, use physical force
upon another person when and to the extent that he reasonably believes it necessary to prevent
what he reasonably believes to be the commission or attempted commission by such person of
stealing, property damage or tampering in any degree.
(b) A person may not use deadly force under circumstances
described in paragraph (a) of this
section unless the use of deadly force is authorized under state or federal law.
(c) The justification afforded by this section extends to
the use of physical restraint as
protective force provided that the actor takes all reasonable measures to terminate the restraint as
soon as it is reasonable to do so.
(d) The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the
issue of justification under this
(Code 1964, § 7.660)
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 563.041.