Family wants probe into police shooting

Two weeks ago, police shot and killed a man on Nuns Island after a report that someone was seen walking around with a handgun. As it turns out, it was some kind of replica or prop gun. The man’s family wants a public inquiry.

I’d be the first to blame police for mishandling such an event, but in this case – given the limited amount of information in this story – this doesn’t seem like police error. It’s too bad if the man was distraught, and in general police ought to be able to approach someone in crisis with help rather than bullets – but police are allowed to defend themselves if someone points a gun at them.