Intentional Torts

As a joke, Annette removes the bullets from her father’s revolver; takes the gun outside, and points it at the head of her neighbor, Mrs. Joiner, who is just leaving her house. Mrs. Joiner, who unknown to Annette suffers from serious heart disease has a stroke and dies instantly.

In the story, Annette has committed the tort of assault because by putting the gun to Mrs. Joiner’s head, she committed a purposeful act that caused apprehension of a harmful or offensive contact.