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Massachusetts law recognizes that deadly force may be used in self-defense in limited circumstances, according to Bennett.
Generally, the law requires that one resorting to deadly force in a claim of self-defense must avail himself of all reasonable means of retreat or escape before using deadly force, according to Bennett.
However, state law provides that a homeowner who reasonably believes that a person unlawfully in his home is about to inflict great bodily injury or death upon the homeowner or another person lawfully in his home, may resort to deadly force without first retreating.
Bennett said he has determined there is no probable cause to support criminal charges and that the case will be closed. According to Bennett, there is insufficient evidence to conclude the homeowner did not act in conformity with the law.
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