including probably his own. You can see the flash off the knife in the dead man's hand as he's walking, it's possible in the dark that would have been appraised as a gun, but I suspect it was already on the radio that he was armed with a knife.
The officer was far enough that only if the knife was tossed at him would it stand a chance of injuring him. The man didn't turn toward nor approach the officer, even had his unarmed side to the officer who seems about 20-25 feet away. The officer shot him, emptied his clip (8-10 shot clip?) and while reloading, to shoot and seemingly doing so, another officer had to stop him.
I see this as the officer just wanting to shoot himself a "thug".
However, when an officer tells you to stop, to drop your weapon, you don't run or walk away, you don't keep hanging onto the weapon. This person had plenty of opportunity to drop his weapon and to surrender but he wanted to "be the man" show them "he was the Boss", etc. He may have even been seeking "suicide by cop".
This is a situation where a taser could have been used effectively both to disarm him and probably allow two of the officers to jump him and get him cuffed.
Police face potential of life endangerment every day and should have latitude in apprehending crooks with extra force if necessary, rather than every day expected to place their life greater danger than necessary for someone who refuses to surrender who refuses to drop a weapon.
Considering how police lately seem determined to empty a clip into someone, maybe we should restrict them to no more than 4 per clip? That would force them to reassess the situation between changes of clips.
The real question I have on this shooting is why when officers were already there, seemingly had the situation contained if not completely controlled yet, did some cowboy come charging up and shooting.