Police Chief acknowledges, "This is not standard protocol."
You mean attempted vehicular homicide? I should hope not!
And sure, I'm glad the Cops didn't have to end up shooting him, but this is NOT the alternative I had in mind!
I took this down for a day to mull it over some more. And what the hell, I'm going to put it back up.
My main point of personal conflict here is the realization that even *I* don't believe that this had a good chance of ending well. Disturbed man, loaded rifle, what... eight cops? In all likelihood, he get shot. And it would likely be JUSTIFIED that he gets shot. And if he gets shot, he likely dies.
And he didn't die here.
All the same, it's not like Officer GTA there acted with any kind of care or restraint, and it's only by blind luck that he ISN'T dead - a death that would be far less justified under the present circumstances....
...But I don't see a likely alternative scenario that ends with the man being taken alive. Just begin realistic.
But there's still a though that I can't shake, no matter how armed and dangerous this man may have been... They took THIS guy alive: