The body armor would indicate an intention to do battle with the police if necessary and escape the scene if possible.
Among all the monsters Godzilla fights in the movie, the battle with Zilla is the shortest.
His daughter, Noelle, appears to have won a battle with substance abuse, a common subplot for many American families.
c.1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.
early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.