The video of the police officers shooting the 12 year-old who had a pellet gun and had been brandishing it at people made me curious. In the video the cops pull up very near the kid, jump out and begin shooting him.
At first I thought, why wouldn’t they stop a little further back and get behind their car, or the car’s doors, and, with pistols drawn and pointed at the suspect, order him to drop his weapon. I realized that if they did that, the suspect would take off running. And if they pursued him on foot they might quickly be out in the open and the suspect might be taking cover. Not the best situation.
What is the correct procedure when answering such a call? Assuming that what these officers did wasn’t the correct procedure, which maybe it was.