Police Assisted Suicide Law and Legal Definition

In this type of suicide, a person intentionally engages in life-threatening behavior to induce a police officer to shoot that person. His/her goal is to provoke the law enforcement officer to a lethal response. This is distinguished from other police shootings by three elements

  • The person should show an intention to die.
  • The person understands the finality of the act
  • Confronts a law-enforcement official with such extreme behavior that the officer is compelled to act with deadly force.

This term is primarily used in the United States media. It is also reffered to as death by cop, suicide by cop, suicide-by-police, blue suicide and victim-precipitated homicide.