I'm a little confused about the three rounds of gunfire the article says were exchanged. Were these staggered out over the two-and-a-half hours of standoff, or was all of the shooting done toward the end? Obviously the last of the three gunfire exchanges was the climactic event.
If the man had started shooting much earlier, even before he went into the apartment building, could the police have shot him then? The article appears to indicate he only used the girl as a shield in the last of the three. Was he as much of an imminent danger in the previous two gunfire rounds? If so, why was he not killed until the third one?
Q: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? A: 1001...one to change the bulb, 1000 to say it's already been done.