(a) A peace officer, merchant or merchant's employee who has reasonable cause to believe a person is violating W.S. 6-3-402 with regard to property offered for sale by a wholesale or retail store may detain and interrogate the person in regard to the suspected violation in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable time.
(b) In a civil or criminal action for slander, false arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery or wrongful detention based upon a detention and interrogation pursuant to this section, it is a defense that the peace officer, merchant or merchant's employee had reasonable cause to believe the person was violating W.S. 6-3-402 with regard to property offered for sale by a wholesale or retail store and the detention and interrogation were conducted in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable time.
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