Chandler investigators still looking into the self-defense claims after a man was shot and killed at a Walmart near Alma School and Warner roads Sunday.
Arizona law allows you to claim self-defense if you fear your life is in danger.
This is defined as anytime there is a physical fight that gets out of control. You can use lethal or physical force anywhere, at home or in public.
There are exceptions:
-Self-defense claims cannot be made during verbal altercations. But, once that argument turns physical and you feel your life is in danger, then you may be able to claim self-defense.
-You cannot use self-defense during lawful use of force by a police officer.
Who instigated the initial confrontation will be a major factor in any claim.
"If you instigate a fight, then you can't claim self-defense. You have to be perfectly innocent and be attacked for no reason of your own and then you have a right of self-defense," said gun law expert, Alan Korwin.
If you instigate the fight and back away and the other person continues to fight, then you may be able to claim self-defense.