Dumb kid with gun = dead kid with gun.
I'm no expert on California geography and certainly don't know the crime scene in Santa Rosa, but I can make an educated guess on a couple of key things:
- highly unlikely the neighborhood is upper middle class
- gangs are probably a problem in the area
- cops seeing kids with real guns and committing real crimes is a much more common occurrence than in places like Oshawa or even Toronto.
Can't blame the officer for reacting to a threat.
JOC members have had conversations with Calgary police about 'what if' situations just like this. They were told to treat it like any other firearm call.
I'm sure the officer feels like a big bag of shit right now, but going on the information he had at the time he made the correct judgement call.