Not really. He shot a fleeing man that he already frisked in the back. The stun gun was fired, there wasn't going to be another shot. He was also fired for cause.
except someone trained for the taser commented it was a 2x - two cartridge system, and light was on indicating ready to fire second round
I cannot confirm that myself, but sounds as a distinct possibility.https://www.axon.com/products/taser-x2
It's a taser, the guy was running away, and the cop had backup. Just stop chasing.
They already had his video, his ID, and his car.
"stop chasing " is usually used in a context of non-violent situations. Which doesn't apply here.
first "non violent" part. Police officers were just attacked, weapon stollen, and actually discharged. So "non-violent" no longer applies.
We're talking about convicted felon - and it's not that conviction is for a pinch of marijuana - who is on probation. That already drops the threshold quite a bit. Unlike many other cases when the criminal past was brought up long after the event, in this case police had time to run his ID and was aware of the status.
The guy is drunk, and I wonder if an autopsy would reveal anything else. He seems to have less than a full understanding of the situation - meaning ready to do stupid things (like, you know, tasing an officer)
"just a taser" - well, taser is dangerous, there are a lot of limitations on how it can be used, and certain shots - e.g. in heart area - can easily be deadly. That's why officers get special training for that.
Last, but not the least - can you think of what could happen next? As people speculate, he turned violent when realized that probation is busted by DWI, and he's serving many years of his prior term. Having nothing to lose is a dangerous condition... And there is still one cartridge in that taser....
Not a rosy "just running away, they have his ID" case,if you ask me...