We recall the drill. The kill-house instructor briefed you on the radio call.
"Shots fired, homicide in progress in a home, multiple victims down, suspect is a male white - 40 - wearing a red hoodie, white pants and sunglasses. Armed with a handgun"
Then he said, "Hurry - back up is thirty minutes out", as he tapped you on the back.
Then as you go into the kill-house (oh wait...never mind, they renamed it a few years earlier to "shoot house"...cant be training killers dontchaknow)...then as you move into the "shoot" house you are met with a myriad of no-shoot targets depicting children, nuns, and women with terrified looks positioned as if fleeing the evil man whom you were told was in the process of killing everyone.
Then as you clear a corner you see the red hoodie, and the man fitting the description in the purposely dimmed (but not too dim) light, holding his hand outstretched with something metallic in it - as if holding a firearm. He is pointing it at your face and you realize the target is about to "kill you". You press the trigger in a short four round burst to his face, in effect "killing the target".
"Cease fire" the former Internal Affairs Sgt., now a firearms trainer declares it a bad shoot because the man did not have a gun in his hand, but rather "just a beer can".
You hang your head in frustration...dejected at having failed and now questioning your worth as a man and a police officer and wondering what you would do tonight when you go "in service".
And even worse is that there are a myriad of CCW instructors, liability-centric instructors, and retired-on-duty police trainers that would agree, thus creating generations of "non-shooters" afraid more of making a mistake than in being killed. More reticent in being fault-free than in losing their lives. And as a result, perhaps being fear-aggressive when "restraint" is not available to them and having waited far to long have to go overboard just to catch up. Or, as happens more and more today, they wait too long and die still not having decided what to do.
In the shoot house event I discussed, shooting the suspect is quite justified. And yes, it has happened. And yes, the officer was justified. This is the sort of thing we discuss and learn about in our Interview And Investigation Management Class.
In a brief paragraph, tell me why.
We can get to the part between "I am glad you are here", and "I have a headache and need to see a doctor" and just get to the meat of why it was alright for you to shoot and kill this man. And if you are not a cop and you were absent from school when they gave out imaginations, just pretend you heard all of this firsthand and got the description from a frightened victim as she exited the shoot-house.