I've read, over and over again, the impossible-to-be-underestimated importance of the "command voice and tone." DB, you illustrated it so well here. That bg KNEW you would shoot him - no further conversation. He had "been there" before, which reminds me of reading here on pf, of just how quickly the low ready position, with that command voice, can stop experienced criminals - they know the difference. I know from my personal experience, beginning with my Dad (Mom was pretty good too: "wait until your Father gets home" was terrifying), but the classic education was my DI, of what that "presence" and voice, can do. SSgt. Collins was MAYbe 160 lbs./5'8" - but could stop even the biggest/baddest dudes with a word. Stories for another day.