When the man turned to face them, the officers ordered him to get on the ground and show his hands. The warning was heard by several witnesses. Instead of complying, the suspect reached behind his back with both hands, and he produced the Colt revolver pictured here.
The officers ordered the man to drop the gun. Instead of complying, the suspect squared up against them. Both officers fired their Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns in response to the deadly threat. One officer fired four shots; the other, three shots. What occured next is a phenomenon called threat fixation. The mind is focused on the percieved threat as tunnel vision occurs in a life or death encounter. Shots fired tend to be aimed where the mind and therefore the eyes are focused.
There is little doubt as to the orientation of the suspect's firearm. One of the officer's bullets entered the front of the Colt's cylinder, crushing the round in that chamber, and jamming the revolver. The suspect was fatally wounded by the other bullets and died at the scene.