Don't see how that could be used as a rationalization for murdering the kid.
He had already made students dodge the truck(which would possibly have killed them). He rammed a police car, again showing no respect for human life. I find it odd that you post the part only of him ramming the cop and then coming to a stop and fail to post that he made others dodge him as well. He was a threat to the lives of people there and apparently didn't have any intention of stopping. The officers had to act in a way to end the situation to keep the guy from continuing to drive recklessly on campus. What is your alternative? Backing away and allowing him to drive off when he has already shown no respect for human life and there are people around?
Now let me clarify. I am not in any way saying that I agree with what the officer did. I'm saying that I do not have the facts and I am presenting you with a very possible scenario in which firing on the teen could have been warranted.
ETA - I may have read it in the story, but I wonder if the father told police that it was his son that stole the car. I assume the father won't be charged at this point because of his loss, but it goes to show that it doesn't pay off to file false police reports. This story is very unfortunate.
This post was edited on 11/8 at 2:29 am