471 U.S. 1 (1985)
Appellee brought suit for violations of his son's constitutional rights against appellant city and appellant police department, and appellant state intervened after the court of appeals reversed the decision made by the district court on remand, finding the use of deadly force was unwarranted.
- Affirming the judgment, the Court found that the apprehension of a suspect is a seizure for the purposes of the Constitution and the use of deadly force to achieve a seizure was only permitted under certain circumstances.
- The Court held that deadly force was only allowed to apprehend felons who the police had probable cause to believe were dangerous to them or to the public.
- The Court further found that the shooting of appellee's son, who was a suspect in a burglary, was not an acceptable use of deadly force.
The Court affirmed the judgment.
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