Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.)

Title 39.  Criminal Offenses  

Chapter 11.  General Provisions  

Part 6.  Justification Excluding Criminal Responsibility

39-11-613.  Protection of life or health. 

A person is justified in threatening or using force, but not deadly force, against another, when and to the degree the person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to prevent the other from committing suicide or from the self-infliction of serious bodily injury.