Chapter 16 OFFENSES AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS*
Section 16-112 Law enforcement officer's use of force in making an arrest.
(a) A law enforcement officer need not retreat or desist
from efforts to effect the arrest, or
from efforts to prevent the escape from custody, of a person he reasonably believes to have
committed an offense because of resistance or threatened resistance of the arrestee. In addition to
the use of physical force authorized under other sections of this chapter, he is, subject to the
provisions of paragraph (b) and (c) of this section, justified in the use of such physical force as
he reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or to prevent the escape from
(b) The use of any physical force in making an arrest is
not justified under this section unless
the arrest is lawful or the law enforcement officer reasonably believes the arrest is lawful.
(c) A law enforcement officer in effecting an arrest or in
preventing an escape from custody is
not justified in using deadly force unless the use of deadly force is authorized under state or
(d) The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the
issue of justification under this
(Code 1964, § 7.665)
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 563.046.