22-18-4 Justifiable use of force to protect property--Use of deadly force--Duty to retreat.
Justifiable use of force to protect property--Use of deadly force--Duty to retreat.
person is justified in the use of force or violence against another person when the person reasonably
believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent or terminate the other person's trespass on or other
criminal interference with real property or personal property lawfully in his or her possession or in
the possession of another who is a member of his or her immediate family or household or of a
person whose property he or she has a legal right to protect. However, the person is justified in the
use of deadly force only as provided in §§ 22-16-34 and 22-16-35. A person does not have a duty
to retreat if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be.
Source: SDC 1939, § 13.2402 (3); SL 2005, ch 120, § 8; SL 2006, ch 116, § 2.