O.C.G.A. Â§ 16-3-24 gives the "forcible felony" exception if you shoot someone. Is there a codified definition of forcible felony that is fairly clear? I presume if someone is swinging a brick at a grandma with a cane that it would constitute a forcible felony, but I feel it's pretty much like rolling the dice after that. Also, if the perp lives and is not convicted of a forcible felony, does that then open the avenue to you being prosecuted?