Originally Posted by manta49
Why would the police risk their lives trying to take him alive.
Why? Because our officers are sworn to uphold our Constitution and our Constitution says that no man shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, and that he was entitled to trial by a jury of his peers.
The reports aren't in yet as to how the fire started, but there are perfectly good, legal reasons for simply waiting him out. FWIW, coming from a non-LEO, had it been my call, first move would have been to shut off his water supply.