I'll (obviously) admit that neither of us have any idea the full story behind this. BUT:
He was armed and kidnapped his child. Armed.
Whether he was morally in the right to have possession of the child, whether or not he was a better parent or a better person is irrelevant. Even if he got away, the child is still going to have to live with the experience of being forcefully taken away from his mother by his father who was armed with a handgun.
This is not the best option.
As painful as it would have been, it would have been a better option to go on the other side of the spectrum and back out. If you're beat, you're beat. There is no sense in permanently damaging your own child in order to have your way, no matter how morally correct your way would be. The means does not justify the end in this instance I don't believe.
Then he makes another extremely poor decision. He opens fire on police, and clearly he wasn't just trying to scare them away because he hit two of them. So his goal was actually to hit the cops. This is a very poor decision for two reasons primarily:
1) Once you fire a round you are almost gauranteed to NOT get away, this means that on top of being caught there is a fairly good chance of them being excessive in their use of force, and an also fairly good chance that you will catch a bullet.
2) By this point in time your child's image of you will never be the same. So the whole thing would have been done for nothing. What child is going to stay willingly with a father who has shot and killed a cop, mere minutes-hours before abducting him by force.
It is my conclusion that it is most likely that this individual was probably a bad influence on the child, and that perhaps the mother may have been a better choice.
This is by no means concrete evidence of anything, but it's all I have to go on.
It also leads me to believe that he may have anger issues, and perhaps is a chronic user of mind altering substances as these two things typically go hand in hand.
"George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd."