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Container said:If he comes at you and you pop him in the lip and it causes him to stop his vicious drunk guy assault you'll probably be fine. If he drops dead though you'll be in crap- which can happen and does. You never know when these guys are going to die.
This depends on circumstance of course, but the way you have described it here you are incorrect. If he "comes at you" leaving you no choice but to pop him in the lip, if he dies, he dies. That's it that's all in a perfect world. Unfortunately, you might get charged with manslaughter anyway in the real world, but you wouldn't get convicted. Unfortunately, the charge alone makes you a victim.
As you said in a different post (paraphrasing) "if you can get away then you're expected to," but if he just "comes at you" while you're working the door of a club, there's really nowhere to run without endangering yourself.