Actually what i got out of this article was that the police expect the bad guys to drop when shot in their pinky toe. Did you notice the part where it describes where the suspect was shot? "five times — in the chest, hip, leg, wrist and possibly in the finger." I bet it was the chest shot that ended it.
It's all about shot placement. I have seen other recent articles like this where they have said the suspect was shot 8 times..... once in the knee, finger, wrist, outer thigh, ear, buttocks, foot, and once in the chest..........probably the one that put him down.