Stephen Whitaker was correct in questioning the manner in which a Montpelier police officer shot and killed Mark Johnson, a disturbed, older man who was holding a pellet gun when he was shot twice with a high-caliber rifle.
Montpelier is a small community and the police were aware of Johnson and knew, or should have known, he did not present a serious threat.
A cursory investigation found the shooting was justified but, as we all know, it is unusual for police officers to be held accountable in these cases. And, we also know a badge is not a license to kill and not everyone has the proper temperament to be a police officer, whose stated job is to "protect and serve."
There had to be a better way to end the confrontation with Johnson other than killing him.