The entire ordeal with the shooting of the man with the fork is incredibly unfortunate. That tragedy could have been avoided at any time that day, but the series of events unfolded the way it did, and now everyone has to move forward.
The attacker (fork guy), I'm told, apparently had mental problems and, from what I heard, may not have been taking his medications. The family was supposedly having a heated argument (I don't know about what) and someone called 911. Police arrive on the scene and the attacker has his mother in the street with a metal object being jabbed into her neck. I'm sure there was screaming involved. The officer on scene had a duty to protect her. The attacker did not follow commands by the officer who had drawn his weapon. There were very few options at that point. He acted as best he could with limited information (911 call, domestic dispute, attacker with victim/hostage). Only later would we all find out the rest of the story and realize the depth of the tragedy.
I feel the deepest sympathy for the young man who lost his life, the family that grieves for him, the community that has lost faith in the police, and even for the officer who wrestles with the outcome of the day on a daily basis.
We may never know why the attacker was not properly medicated, why the family was arguing, why the police were even called, why the attacker took his mother hostage, or why the attacker did not respond to the officer's commands. But rather than rush to judge, I think we should appreciate how this tragedy touches all involved, including us, the community. And I am glad we have a forum like this to discuss local events and share our own perspective with others.