The last word Eric says in the previous page was "no" in small letters.
I'm not sure if I was successful in conveying it, but I wantd to create a sense
of "deafness" in the reader which began as the police began firing.
I wanted to create the impression that the firefight was so loud that you could
hardly hear Eric say "no", and then you could hardly hear anything at all in the next
few pages. I tried to emphasize this with the absence of any sound effects, shouts, etc.
The sounds only come back towards the end, when the firefight finally stops.