Before you all start flaming me by intentionally refusing to see the intent of my message, I'll plainly state my intent so you can't pull that crap.
Is it not our longstanding position to avoid using deadly force if at all possible?
Yet absolutely zero effort was made to avoid it in this situation. I don't blame the old lady so much, as I know how fear can cripple the mind. But the dispatcher did not suggest it, either.
She clearly didn't want to. So why were no other means of avoiding the use of deadly force even mentioned in this entire half hour?
If we all immediately resorted to the shotgun without even considering anything else, you can be sure our right to bear arms would be long gone.
Half an hour of conversation about this drunk guy yelling about his truck being missing, and calling out to someone in the house whom the occupant has never heard of. You don't need to be a detective to figure it out... I spent the rest of the time listening, hoping, waiting that the headline would be wrong, that somehow, common sense would prevail, and the dispatcher would say "hey, this guy thinks he's locked out of his own house, just yell 'hey, this isn't your house' and you won't have to kill him and live with that the rest of your life."