I was in the Vista the night that Columbia police officer Stacy Case was killed in a collision with a USC police officer. Both were traveling at unnecessarily high speeds (76 and 65 in a 30 mph zone), one ran a red light, and neither one was wearing a seat belt.
We appreciate the call to duty of all such first responders, but this was a clear overreaction that could easily have cost the lives of civilians as well. Fortunately, it did not this time.
Clearly there needs to be a change of protocol regarding such incidents. It may have required a few more seconds of preparation, but the outcome would have been much different.