Yep when they lit up not one but TWO pickup trucks that only vaguely looked like the suspects that pretty much said they won't be taking him alive.
I see no valid reason they went in and assaulted the cabin, no known hostages, he is not in a major urban center where he could do mass damage, they had him contained.. a perimeter could have been set up and they could have called in SWAT snipers to take him out if he tried to make a run for it or take further potshots @ the officers.
The police wanted payback and it looks like they got it.
A lot of things about this case have been alarming, including how the local LEO's decided to bring it to an end.
"....The swords of others will set you your limits".