Coventry has the concept of the GOJFree ("Get Out of Jail Free") Unit, basically a "save a backup copy of you just before you die" device that allows you to be restored, much like a video game respawn. Unfortunately, this was the second session of the game, and the characters haven't found any of those yet!
Still, he had an out-- they had reached a pivotal decision point in the game where the boss was pondering whether to continue fighting or to simply cut and run. If the PC had taken non-hostile actions (like, leaving), he would have almost certainly got away. Instead he attacked a force that clearly outgunned him head-on. Gung-ho the game may be, but even with that I have to play the baddies according to their abilities, or there's no point in using the framework of the game at all.
So... sorry about that, Slick "Deadeye" Hooligan! Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you.