Is there a valid claim of self-defense if a person shoots at a zombie chasing him?

June 4th, 2012

This is a perfect crim-law hypothetical.  A zombie is undead, and can’t be killed. At best, shooting the zombie will slow him down, allowing the victim to escape.

Now, we all know that there are no such things as zombies? Right? Well some people fear a zombie apocalypse.

And one idiot in Florida decided to make a viral video prank based on this fear.

He dressed up like a zombie and started chasing people, groaning and making zombie sounds.

And at around 2:00, it looks like some guy pulls a gun on him and aims. He doesn’t fire.

But let’s assume he does–he fears for his life from a zombie death, and shoots at the zombie. Of course, it is not actually a zombie. It is a human. The bullet kills the human.

What would his self-defense claim look like? I mean, this is Florida after all. Stand your ground against the zombie invasion!

Is it reasonable to think that the thing chasing you is actually a brain-craving zombie?

This idiot should really, really not have done this.