shoot to kill


: to shoot a gun with the purpose of killing someone

Examples of shoot to kill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And even when the distressed person threatens them with a weapon, police don’t always shoot to kill; in the case of Faisal, an officer fired only after a nonlethal sponge round failed to slow him. Laura Crimaldi,, 3 June 2023 Another military intervention by Moscow in another former Soviet state with clear echoes of the Cold War. Bolstered by the Kremlin, the president's regained a fragile control, ordering his forces to shoot to kill. ABC News, 9 Jan. 2022 The act grants soldiers wide-ranging powers to search, detain, arrest or shoot to kill people and gives them immunity from prosecution unless the government makes an exception, which rarely occurs. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Shoot to kill, see an antifa, shoot to kill. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2022 They are trained to shoot to kill. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 7 July 2022 But now, primarily through crowdsourcing, human rights groups and activists are beginning to document a reign of terror that got underway well before the shoot to kill order. New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 The order now are shoot to kill. ABC News, 9 Jan. 2022 Those stories, including a recent piece on why the police shoot to kill, not wound, can be found at Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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“Shoot to kill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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