Originally Posted by KingOfJericho
You're missing a fourth, critical option. The option to stop killing and turn himself in was available to him the entire time. He knew he was backed into a corner and instead of getting his day in court, he chose to be his own judge and jury. That should be pretty telling. Innocent people would not fear their day in court, as he obviously did.
The fourth option was only available if he decided to do that before being caught up in that house. I highly doubt he would have not been shot on site, if they saw any part of him, he was getting shot. Armed or not, the LAPD made up its mind, and that was that he was a dead man.