I'm ashamed to read the the "lesson of the day" comment. Congratulations on successfully sticking your foot in your mouth without knowing the entire story. Hope you're never put in any situation similar to what this Officer was in, because I seriously doubt you would have handled it as well has he did.
It was a very unfortunate that these children had to watch their mother behave as she did, which lead to her death. It's a good thing that it wasn't some good Samaritan that had stopped to pick up this woman and her children, this news story could have been much worse.
My heart goes out to the Children and to this Police Officer. The events that unfolded the other day will always weigh heavy on all their hearts.