Cooperate or get shot
Stark choices, but apparently very real ones. Well, except for pepper spray. If pepper spray incapacitates you, you might not get shot. No promises on not getting a beatdown, though. The NOPD doesn’t provide its officers with any other form of non-lethal weapon. No rubber bullets, no beanbag guns, no tasers. The SWAT team might have that stuff, but Riley, the Chief of Police, didn’t state categorically that they did.
The shooting still seems to be justified, insofar as the person shot was holding knife and did move towards an officer. But the inability of police to do anything other than shoot him is still disturbing. Especially since they can get more than 16 officers to the scene within 3 minutes.