The man, 27 year old Fouad Kaady, was on foot at the time of the killing. He appeared to be having some sort of psychotic breakdown, and according to the public information officer (PIO), was "out of control." Two officers armed with state-of-the-art "less lethal" weapons and all the academy training tax dollars can buy, ultimately decided that he presented some sort of threat that they were unable to deal with any other way than to pull out their "lethal backup" and blow him away.
I wonder if race was a factor in their decision? Perhaps he looked like a terrorist. In any event, he was not driving a car ("I feared for my life"), nor was he capable at the time of concealing a weapon. No word yet about whether he was carrying drugs in his mouth or bloodstream, or whether a crack pipe was to be found nearby. I'm sure the corporate media will enlighten us about those important details soon enough, just as soon as they can glean that kind of "relevant" information from the PIO.
Given that Portland police officers shot and killed an unarmed man confined within the walls of a mental hospital a few years ago (and received medals for their efforts), I would say that it's probably not safe to assume that police officers have any common sense whatsoever when it comes to dealing with mental health crises. Please, if you see someone behaving in an erratic manner, and you believe they could present a threat to themselves or others, please call someone other than the police. If you must call 911, specifically inform them that this is a mental health emergency, not a police issue, and ask that they refrain from sending out poorly educated armed thugs to deal with it.
Please call the Sandy police department to register your disgust and fervent hope that the officers involved will be stripped of their guns and badges.