Do you believe the young man would have been walking about with the gun if it had been in a box (let alone wrapped)?
I found more video footage showing what happens before. He's pretty much just walking around the store without anyone caring that he is carrying the air rifle:
So no, he was not just "walking around" and I'd expect a cop to respond. I also dont think the cop is wrong for assuming that pellet gun was a rifle.
In anycase in this video it is easier to see that it looks like the guy swung the rifle somewhat up after the cops said something to him and it also looks like he was bending his knees. Possibly to shoot it, possibly to put it down. Its hard to tell. I personally think that we may have known for sure had the 911 caller not lied. Which he did do. For that reason the police officers were edgy as all get out....which is understandable. That 911 caller lying is what lead to the death of this kid imo.
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Bah I pasted the wrong link. I wanted to add the whole video, from the time he walks in to the time he gets shot. I couldn't find it when I made this topic.
Here's the video: