Yeah, the kid had a death wish:
Finally, the boy came out of the bathroom and "raised the firearm in a tactical position and pointed it" at a SWAT team member, who "decided to use deadly force," Eslinger said.
So sad. He knew what he was doing, and knew what the reaction was going to be.
After the shooting, deputies discovered ... [that] the gun was phony. It was an airsoft pellet gun, and the normally brightly colored tip had been painted black to make it look more authentic ... In a news conference after the shooting, authorities displayed the gun alongside a real 9 mm handgun. To the naked eye, there was little difference between them.