newbie with shooting senario question
First let me thank all that have"served & protected" us civilians and may God bless you and your families.
Now I have a police shooting in my small town thats the center of a heated community debate.And I would like to hear another perspective on the different responses that other officers might have. Here goes--One 16yr old minor has a altercation with his un-armed probation officers that were there to take him into custody.He refused and ended up being pepper-sprayed.At that point he,in the process of fleeing, pulled a 10inch ridged Buck knife and yelled "I'm not going back" as he fled the house. A solo patrol officer shows up to the call and witnesses confirm that the juvenile has ran down into a extremely thick brushed gullie that runs between sub-divisions.The gullie is about 50yrds wide by 125yrds long.The responding officer,without calling for back-up,heard the suspect breaking branches,determined his approx. location and entered the brush. 20-50 ft later encountered the armed-suspect in dense brush at a range of 5-8ft the officer responded"Stop-drop the weapon" the suspect stopped trying to dig through the brush,turned to the officer with blade in hand and says" I don wanna go" and comes at the officer, which inturn, double-taps his .40 into the chest at a range of 5-6ft. with fatal outcome.
What would your response be to this senario? We here agree on the self-defense of the officer.But question the tactical response.