Are citizen’s arrests recognized in Massachusetts law?

Are Citizen’s Arrests a Real Thing? Citizen’s arrests were once comedic fodder for television programs like The Andy Griffith Show. However, the real-world consequences of an alleged “citizen’s arrest” are far from a laughing matter. In Georgia, at the time of this writing, three men are facing murder charges in the shooting death of another man in a citizen’s arrest gone wrong. The defendants allege that they were executing a “citizen’s arrest” against the other man since they thought he resembled a burglary suspect. After chasing him down in their truck, they claim they then shot the suspect in self-defense.
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