18 U.S.C. § 3109 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 3109. Breaking doors or windows for entry or exit
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The officer may break open any outer or inner door or window of a house, or any part of a house, or anything therein, to execute a search warrant, if, after notice of his authority and purpose, he is refused admittance or when necessary to liberate himself or a person aiding him in the execution of the warrant.
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