PROTECTION AGAINST LAWSUITS
29-34-201. Injuries suffered in committing or attempting to commit felony on
property of another - Recovery barred - Scope of immunity for one
injuring a perpetrator of a criminal offense.
(a) Any person who is injured while committing a felony or attempting to commit
a felony on the real property of another is barred from recovery of actual
or punitive damages resulting from injuries, either accidentally or intentionally
inflicted by the owner, lawful occupier or tenant of such property, which the
person receives while committing or attempting to commit a felony.
(b) (1) A person who accidentally or intentionally causes property damage to or
inflicts injury or death upon the perpetrator of a criminal offense is absolutely
immune from civil liability for or the payment of monetary damages from such
person's actions if at the time such damage, injury or death occurred:
(A) The person was preventing or attempting to prevent the perpetrator from committing
the offense or was apprehending the perpetrator of the offense; and
(B) The perpetrator was committing one (1) or more of the offenses specified in
subdivisions (c)(1)-(9) or was attempting to commit one (1) or more of the
offenses specified in subdivision (c)(10).
(2) The immunity conferred by this subsection shall only apply to property damage caused
to or injury or death inflicted upon a perpetrator of an enumerated offense and only
under the conditions set out in this subsection. Such immunity shall not be construed
to extend to property damage caused to or injury or death inflicted upon a bystander
or other person who is not the perpetrator of an enumerated offense.
(c) The offenses for which such immunity applies are:
(1) Any criminal homicide;
(2) Aggravated rape;
(4) Aggravated kidnapping;
(5) Especially aggravated kidnapping;
(6) Especially aggravated burglary;
(7) Aggravated robbery;
(8) Especially aggravated robbery;
(9) Carjacking; and
(10) Attempt to commit first or second degree murder.
[Acts 1971, ch. 177, § 1; T.C.A., §§ 23-3003, 29-34-103; Acts 1999, ch. 268, § 2.]