Shooting to kill isn't a sport among police officers, although it sometimes seems that way. No, deadly force, the law enforcement "nuclear option," is justified only in the face of immanent risk of death or serious injury.
That's why some cops are rumored to carry an extra gun. Blast someone into the netherworld, and you'd better have an excuse. "He raised a gun and pointed at me" is about as good an excuse as can be had, even if it is a lie.
In Hartford, Connecticut, events in the shooting death of 18-year-old Jashon Bryant have taken an unusual twist. It turns out a BB gun found at the scene wasn't really there at all. A former confidential informant of the officer accused of shooting the young man planted it. Here's a gift
Of course, the CI claims has hasn't spoken to the cop in years; the cop's lawyer denies speaking to the CI. The CI just happened to be in the area and, out of the goodness of his heart, wanted to help the cop.
Right. An, oh, by the way, did you hear shares of the Brooklyn Bridge are being auctioned on ebay? Find 'em right next to the image of Jesus etched in toast.