In law enforcement, a manhunt is an extensive and thorough search for a wanted and dangerous fugitive involving the use of police units, technology, and help from the public.

Law enforcement is any system by which some members of society act in an organized manner to enforce the law by discovering, deterring, rehabilitating, or punishing people who violate the rules and norms governing that society.

A fugitive is a person who is fleeing from custody, whether it be from jail, a government arrest, government or non-government questioning, vigilante violence, or outraged private individuals.

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A manhunt is conducted when the suspect believed to be responsible for a serious crime is at large and is believed to be within a certain area.

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Any police units within reach of the area will then participate in the search, each covering parts of the area.

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The officers will, if possible, form a perimeter around the area, guarding any and all possible escape routes from the containment.

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A manhunt may have one of the following outcomes:

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The successful capture of the suspect within the area of the manhunt


Escape from the area by the suspect, followed by plans by other law enforcement agencies to search for the suspect elsewhere

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The search being called off, if police determine the chances of catching the suspect are minimal


Also, if the fugitive resists using deadly force with the law enforcement officers, they are typically authorized to respond in kind.

Deadly force, as defined by the United States Armed Forces, is force that a person uses causing, or that a person knows or should know would create a substantial risk of causing, death or serious bodily harm or injury.

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