If it is true drew a gun and pointed it at the cops (holster or not), I don’t care if he was General Patton.
I think it is significant that the shooting cop didn’t know the gun was still in its holster. I don’t think he is an evil man hoping to shoot people. I think he was prepped by what he was told, and anticipated someone who was both armed AND dangerous.
Maybe Scott was both. Maybe not. But he doesn’t sound much like a guy trying to commit suicide by forcing the cops to shoot him, and that was the assistant DA’s argument the first day.
I think it was an unjustified yet almost inevitable shooting, and I think the Costco employees may have unintentionally set up the chain of events. And yes, I have no doubt based on what I’ve read that Scott also contributed significantly to his own death.
So the cop card trumps the soldier card.