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Rules on using deadly force for local police

Officials investigate the scene where a Suffolk police

Officials investigate the scene where a Suffolk police spokeswoman said an off-duty Nassau police officer was assaulted and robbed at the car wash on Bay Shore Road at 3:04 a.m. The spokeswoman said he shot at least one of the assailants. (Oct. 27, 2009) Photo Credit: Paul Mazza

Off duty or on, police can be justified in using deadly force when they believe their lives or those of others are at risk, spokesmen for police departments in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City said yesterday.

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