DROPTHEGUN!*BANG* Not even enough time to process the command, much less comply. He was looking to shoot when he got there, the shout out was for plausible dependability. No amount of "Don't make Barney Fife shoot you" will stop someone who is itching to shoot the bad guy on TV.
I cannot honestly state that someone firing at me from the dark with almost no warning would not end up with a lot of bad things for everyone involved. While I know that you are going to get screwed in court if you shoot a cop, anyone shooting at my kidney is trying to kill me. A kidney shot is a very potentially lethal wound. Lethal force legally, and more importantly, morally justifies lethal force. A badge and a blue shirt does not make shooting you in the kidney okay. There is no reason to act like it does.
And we all talk about how cops are expected to get off, and how confusing it must be for them. What about the Marine that was awoken by a thief at 1am, was kind or dumb enough to fire a warning shot, and ended up shot by rifle toting cops? Somehow he was level headed, but the poor cops were confused? And who the hell lets the thief off? Said he was there at 1am to "buy parts"? My hairy white ass, this whole story stinks.
And I am still wondering why all those cops had rifles. They keep patrol rifles in the trunk, cased, and unloaded, last I checked. So they stopped, parked, got out, unpacked rifles, loaded them, then went running around looking for the gunfire? Sounds to me like posturing for the camera. The guys wanted to look like badasses on TV more than to do their job.
Police are not being held to acceptable standards anymore. I understand people make mistakes, but that is the excuse for EVERY negligent police shooting these days. At what point do we stop saying "Shit Happens" when citizens are maimed and killed and start telling cops to "STOP SCREWING UP." Unfortunately, while their payrolls are handled by politicians, their policies and procedures will also reflect this. Good cops are getting rarer and rarer these days. And those we have are often stifled or run out by bad bosses.
That said, there is always a the old Spanish Proverb. "Mejor Me Traigas Tabaco En La Carcel, Que Flores Ha El Cemetario." Better to bring me tobacco in prison than flowers to my grave. If the choice is "Jail" or "Dead", one is much easier to get out of than the other.