"License to Kill"
L&O, Episode 15.17
Production number: E5322
First aired: 23 February 2005
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Written By
Stuart Feldman & Richard Sweren

Directed By
Constantine Makris


A self-styled vigilante slams his car into another car, driving it into a building and causing several deaths. Prosecution becomes complicated, however, when it's revealed that the other driver was a serial murderer who'd kidnapped the son of one of his victims.


Main cast

Guest cast


Thomas Flanagan; Stoney Anderson; Jason Anderson; Amy Maas; John Wyatt; Ulster County; Nanuet; New York State Thruway Authority; Kingston; Antler Creek Park; Route 302; Taconic State Parkway; Palisades Parkway; Bear Bryant;



Background information and notes

  • This episode is based on a shooting spree in northern Wisconsin, on November 21, 2004. Chai Vang, a Hmong hunter on a hunting trip, was trespassing on a private land. He was confronted by local hunters, and a dispute escalated into a deadly rampage. Vang shot eight people, six fatally, and is currently serving six life sentences.
  • Another aspect of the episode's plot also seems to be based on the death of Carl Robert Brown on August 20, 1982. On that day, Brown committed a mass shooting at a Miami, Florida, welding shop, killing eight and wounding three before bicycling away from the scene. Two bystanders pursued him in a car, shot him with a legally-owned gun, and ran him over, killing him.

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