When is lethal force appropriate?

Posted on January 4, 2012


Today, in Brownsville, Texas, police shot three times and killed an armed 15-year-old at a middle school. The teen engaged the officers and refused to lower his weapon. It was later discovered that the teen had a pellet gun that looked like a real weapon. I have furnished links from different news outlets below:

Police kill armed 15-year-old at Texas school

Police: Teen shot at Texas school had pellet gun

Teen shot and killed at middle school

The question is this: is the perception of imminent danger reason enough for law enforcement to use lethal force?  What do you think about this incident?