So, for an excuse for shooting a person who is attempting to escape arrest (not going to fall for Whitey’s language and will instead defer to literally appropriate, dynamic human language), what would not hold up? 🙂 What would justify it? How important is it to shoot somebody trying to flee instead of just letting them go? (It isn’t.) Does it shame the cop for the suspect to flee? What goes on in the cop’s mind? Is he wondering how long to wait until he can shoot, even from the beginning? Is he wondering if he will seem inadequate if he were to be unable to apprehend a suspect without having to shoot her? It seems like the big omnipresent question in the cop’s mind is, “When can I finally just shoot this person??” Or maybe, “Oh no! It’s getting away! I need to shoot it!” (which is a statement and not a question 🙂 ).