I still find myself thinking about this one at odd moments, and something sort of just popped up.
Reeves, the shooter, was a retired cop.
Now, suppose you are a healthy, fit, muscular, tattooed male. You get in a loud argument with a cop, curse at him, and finally, from a distance of a couple of feet, throw a bag of popcorn at him.
What do you think your chances of getting shot are at that point?
And what do you think the chances are that the cop, if he does shoot you, will be convicted of any crime?
Reeves’s mistake here was reacting like a cop instead of a private citizen. And thinking about that raises all sorts of interesting corollary issues, doesn’t it?