I was reading the comments section of a Reddit thread and came across this string of responses where a very large number of people responded that if you shoot someone in self-defense you are far, far better off from legal liability or criminal punishment if the person is killed rather than wounded.
It was claimed that police will tell you this. Gun instructors will tell you this. Pretty much everyone who owns a gun seems to be in agreement. The reason being a dead person can not tell their side of the story and wrongful death lawsuits are cheaper than someone who has a lifetime disability.
They also mentioned that if you tell the police you were trying to do anything short of kill the other person you are instantly in trouble because the only acceptable reason (legally) to shoot someone is when you are in fear for your or another person’s life and the only way to stop that was to kill the other person. Anything less than an attempt to kill the other person is a legal admission that you could not have been that afraid to try to attempt a wounding shot rather than an easier shot to kill.
Is this how it really works in the US?