Video: Would You Have Shot This Man? – Reclaiming America

Video: Would You Have Shot This Man?

As you’ll see in the video below, police officers often have no more than a few seconds to decide whether or not to shoot an individual approaching them with a knife – even a potentially suicidal individual who is asking the police to shoot.

Watch the video below and share your opinion and thoughts in the comment section. If you were one of the police officers involved in this fast-developing situation, would you have shot the man with the knife? Why or why not?

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73 Comments

  1. Dawn Doran says:

    Take the baton off of your belt and wack the knife out of the guy’s hand….

  2. Kimberly Jacobson says:

    Yes, this man would have been shot if I was a police officer in this scenario! He was told to stop several times, when he ran at the officers with the knife, he was a threat and was justifiably shot!!

  3. Robert Wood says:

    Once he came at you with the knife, sorry but yes I would have shot him. These people that said they wouldn’t would probably die because they would be stabbed and bleed to death wondering why they didn’t shoot him.

  4. PISSEDOFF ATLIMPDICKEDDEMONRATS says:

    Well, he GOT what he WANTED and he got what he DESERVED !!!

  5. Joseph Kress says:

    This man was justifiably shot. He was armed with a knife in a position to strike the officer and inside the proven 21 feet range where he could fatally inflict a deadly strike. He was moving at a rapid pace and could cover the 21 feet limit within one second. This was a classic suicide by cop. He gave the officer no other option

  6. ROB WALDRON says:

    Man disobeyed verbal commands to stop, put down the knife then exacerbated the situation by making threatening gestures with the weapon! With all the response that was there, shouldn’t the individual be initially tasered before use of deadly force? Ultimately, shooting should be viewed as justified !

  7. ANTHONY Franklin BAREFORD says:

    Yes, and ANYONE else would have shot him too, I don’t care what they may say, anyone in that officer’s shoes would have shot him !

  8. Terry White says:

    Stan, I totally agree most armchair QBs have not a clue, do they realise how short 20sec. Really is I don’t think they do but that is the length of time that it takes for an attacker to travel 21ft. So is is a thing of think long think wrong.

  9. William Barnett says:

    Yes, cause the man with the knife wasn’t stopping or planned on stopping.

  10. Roberta says:

    Yes, I would have shot him. Not shoot to kill, if at all possible, but the guy was acting deranged and charging the cop while holding the knife up. I do not believe that the guy’s hands being held up was a surrender mode. And shoot him in the leg?? Cops tell us all the time how tough that shot would be. You could miss and hit a bystander. Or you miss and don’t stop him. You shoot him where you know you can stop him. He was given multiple warnings to STOP.

  11. Stephane says:

    Suicide by cop.
    Simple. Efficient.
    A Taser would have done the job!
    But the people of that state would have had to pay for hospital stay, doctors hours, ambulance, court, lawyers,etc. Sometimes it is better to finish like that.

    • Roberta says:

      Tasers don’t always work on a deranged person.

    • Robert says:

      Tasers do not always stop people. Many keep right on going. My former husband was a violent diabetic drunk. When he drank, sugar goes low, not 10 tasers would stop him. I had no leads than 4 EMT’s and 6 cops holding him down to get glucose into him when he passed out. He was still getting away. Added my oldest step son and another copy and they finally got the glucose administered. 10 minutes later,he was asking why they had him literally strapped down. Another time saw drug addict come into icu with 10 cops and still BROKE the strap on the gurney and finally they put him out, was on pcp. I think police use force as a last measure, remember you want to go home to your family too. If you were armed and someone was coming at you where would you shoot them?

    • Nancy says:

      Tasers do not always stop people. Many keep right on going. My former husband was a violent diabetic drunk. When he drank, sugar goes low, not 10 tasers would stop him. I had no leads than 4 EMT’s and 6 cops holding him down to get glucose into him when he passed out. He was still getting away. Added my oldest step son and another copy and they finally got the glucose administered. 10 minutes later,he was asking why they had him literally strapped down. Another time saw drug addict come into icu with 10 cops and still BROKE the strap on the gurney and finally they put him out, was on pcp. I think police use force as a last measure, remember you want to go home to your family too. If you were armed and someone was coming at you where would you shoot them?

  12. Rhina says:

    Yes, There a reason God gave us Two ears and a mouth. Imagine the nuts jobs that are being creating today with all the lies and idiology kids are being exposed too. The masks alone does not help none of us mentally. Truth hurts but lies kill people.

  13. Ana M Rivera says:

    No! They could have overpowered him or shot his foot. Obvious he has some mental issues. Very sad. Not a racial issue either as he was not black.

    • Rhina says:

      People are not racist to only Black or Brown people. Racist people come in all skin colors. Here in California, I’ve noticed many racist are my own race -Hispanics. Glad I was lucky grew up learning truth American values kindness peace.

    • Tony rivera says:

      Cops are the authority of the land and the world is no joke. Cops shoot to kill and when they tell me to freeze.
      Very stupid, I don’t even put my own self in a predicament like that. Cops shoot to kill and I know and understand this very well.

  14. Tim Spreadborough says:

    I would not have. Ask me why.

    Tim Spreadborough

  15. Tim Spreadborough says:

    No. Would you?

    Tim Spreadborough

  16. Tim Spreadborough says:

    There was a bloody knife recovered. But the person had their hands in the air.

    Tim Spreadborough

  17. Tim Spreadborough says:

    Tell me what you think.

    There was a bloody knife recovered. But the person had their hands in the air.

    Tim Spreadborough

    • Tony rivera says:

      Cops don’t work with emotions. When they tell me to freeze or stop. They don’t know I suffered brain injuries, broke bones and was in a coma. Cops don’t even know I was a victim of a drive- by in 1989. Cops shoot to kill and I know this very well. In fact, we’re very much in touch. Apologies, Blacks are just ignorant and don’t listen. Bottom line.

      • Charles says:

        Tony, Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Glad to hear that you did live! I would not say that all blacks do not listen though. I was a Cop and it was my experience that there are hardheads in every group regardless of race. I did find that most blacks I dealt with would listen and cooperate as it was with people of other races also. The old saying goes that” the squeaky wheel gets the grease” and it does seem that we tend to notice the trouble makers and forget that they are only a small percentage of any group of people regardless of race. We hardly notice those who go about their day in a peaceful manner and we(Including me) should make more effort to note the benevolent persons we pass by each day. There is more sunshine than rain! Best Regards!

  18. Tim Spreadborough says:

    Tell me what you think.

    There was a bloody knife recovered. But the person had their hands in the air.

    Tim

  19. Tim Spreadborough says:

    Do you see a problem??? Tell me what you think.

    There was a bloody knife recovered. But the person had their hands in the air.

    Tim

  20. Verna L Hart says:

    The police warned the man numerous times to stop.If I were the police and feared for my life, yes I would have shot the man. The man evidently had a death wish as a while asking police to shoot him but knew the end result if he continued toward the police.You cannot see the whole scene in the video. It only shows the suspect walking towards police and police hollering for the suspect to stop. Theres also a female voice heard in the video. Without actually being there one can only assume that the suspect had no intentions of stopping forcing police to shoot the suspect..

  21. Alan Tompkins says:

    The suspect (1) did not comply with order, he was (2) carrying a weapon and 9#0 kept moving, therefore under weapons training I have had as well as peace officer status, it is the duty of an officer to use force, in this case a weapon on the suspect.

    I am a retired Correction Officer, NYS

  22. Cathy Jay says:

    I don’t think I would have shot him. He was clearly asking for it, but it was a knife and he was not close to them. Even a shot to a non-lethal part of the body would’ve disarmed him. Several body shots were totally uncalled for. 💯 percent not necessary. He needed medical and psychiatric help!

    • Charles says:

      Shooting to wound just to stop is the not the answer. We must comprehend the danger to the officer at the distance involved. This man ask to be killed, could have covered twenty feet before most persons could draw their weapons and fire. Shooting to wound is considered intentional maiming and will result in a disastrous law suit that would financially devastate the defendants and it would not guarantee instant incapacitation even if shot in the arm or shoulder. Not to mention these are smaller areas that may have been missed by the projectile allowing the suspect with a knife in the air to rush and murder the officer. The officer has no idea if the suspect was on any narcotics which alter the mind to a different state of reality rendering the suspect even more dangerous and less susceptible to the the use of force on limbs or extremities. Also, shooting to maim could have resulted in the suspect eventually being released back into society to prey on the community once again. I really wish people would think things through before they reply!

  23. Karen says:

    The perp was heard to say please kill me. A bullet in the shoulder would have possibly made him drop his knife. I understand it’s a fast moving situation but in this case? Shoot a non life threatening area, rush him , subdue him hospitalize him.

    • Charles says:

      Charles
      February 22, 2021 at 7:55 am
      Shooting to wound just to stop is the not the answer. We must comprehend the danger to the officer at the distance involved. This man ask to be killed, could have covered twenty feet before most persons could draw their weapons and fire. Shooting to wound is considered intentional maiming and will result in a disastrous law suit that would financially devastate the defendants and it would not guarantee instant incapacitation even if shot in the arm or shoulder. Not to mention these are smaller areas that may have been missed by the projectile allowing the suspect with a knife in the air to rush and murder the officer. The officer has no idea if the suspect was on any narcotics which alter the mind to a different state of reality rendering the suspect even more dangerous and less susceptible to the the use of force on limbs or extremities. Also, shooting to maim could have resulted in the suspect eventually being released back into society to prey on the community once again. I really wish people would think things through before they reply!

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  24. Cindy Hutchins says:

    I was going to say shoot him in the leg, but then I thought, wait, he’s white so no one will care if you kill him, especially the media.

    • Charles says:

      That sounds awfully racist. So it sounds like you think if he was not white it would not be ok for him to die and he should be MAIMED(ETREMELY CRUEL) by shooting in the arm, shoulder etc. and if he is white you think it is ok to kill him! THAT”S RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Lane Campbell says:

    YES I WOULD HAVE, BUT LEGS 1st, kill shots only if absolutely necessary. they had the time, they were able to back away, with that said, The shooting was justified………… It is easy to give an opinion, when your not in the officers shoes

  26. Ralph Kendall Blasingame says:

    yes

  27. Ginny says:

    Absolutely not. He was far enough away from them to not be a threat, and they could have disabled him by shooting him in the leg, or they could have tased him. Not every situation requires them to shoot to kill.

    • MICHAEL E. JONES says:

      AS AN OFFICER YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY BULLET THAT LEAVES YOUR WEAPON. WHAT IS YOUR BEST CHANCE AT STOPPING HIS AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR AND NO ONE ELSE GETTING HURT. YOUR AUTHORITY TO USE DEADLY FORCE IS NOT GIVEN OR TAKEN LIGHTLY. CENTER MASS SHOTS ARE THE ANSWER. THIS IS NOT HOLLYWOOD. ACCURACY IS A DIFFICULT AND LEARNED SKILL. SOME ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. YOUR BEST IS WHAT IS REQUIRED. THESE ARE THE RULES. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE RESULTS…DO NOT CALL THE POLICE…CALL A SOCIAL WORKER. MY GUESS IS WE WILL WITNESS A LOT OF SOCIAL WORKERS DEAD OR MAMED.

    • Charles says:

      Charles
      February 22, 2021 at 7:57 am
      Charles
      February 22, 2021 at 7:55 am
      Shooting to wound just to stop is the not the answer. We must comprehend the danger to the officer at the distance involved. This man ask to be killed, could have covered twenty feet before most persons could draw their weapons and fire. Shooting to wound is considered intentional maiming and will result in a disastrous law suit that would financially devastate the defendants and it would not guarantee instant incapacitation even if shot in the arm or shoulder. Not to mention these are smaller areas that may have been missed by the projectile allowing the suspect with a knife in the air to rush and murder the officer. The officer has no idea if the suspect was on any narcotics which alter the mind to a different state of reality rendering the suspect even more dangerous and less susceptible to the the use of force on limbs or extremities. Also, shooting to maim could have resulted in the suspect eventually being released back into society to prey on the community once again. I really wish people would think things through before they reply!

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  28. William says:

    The Police are law officers, when they say to do something it must be done, dropping a weapon, getting down on your knees, stop moving, placing your hands on your head…they are there to provide safety for all of society and when someone appears to have intentions to cause harm (a weapon) and they disobey multiple commands including moving forward toward an officer of the law, they must be put down.
    It is impossible to know if the individual is mentally deranged, on drugs or just out for revenge…at that moment a psychological evaluation wouldn’t do any good, the individual has just disobeyed multiple orders to cease moving and he chose to disobey. They did their job, secure everyone else from being a victim.

  29. maxibaby says:

    It is a scientifically proven fact that persons on drugs, depending on the drug, does not feel pain therefore, shooting them in the leg, arm, etc. HAS NO IMPACT on the person moving forward with their attack on police or anyone. This is the main reason officers are trained to shoot center mass body. The perp will continue to attack until something vital is hit!
    Some of the comments are obviously made by “bleeding heart liberals”! I have this question for you, if this were you, your child, your spouse, a loved one or a dear friend…..with the thought in mind the perp may be inebriated with a drug that also kills the feeling of pain, would you go in and try to wrestle a knife from him even if you have a partner with you? Do you realize with one swing of the arm, you and your partner could be terminally injured!
    In any situation where the perp is armed with a deadly weapon and attacking, the officer must shoot center of body mass as trained IF they want to go home to their family!

  30. dale says:

    yes i would have

  31. RL Lancer says:

    Yes, I would shoot anyone that is a thread. We have anti-American and antichrist democratic and republican politicians that are in Congress, Senators and office of the president that are selling USA to Communist China where people are kill everyday and nobody does anything about it. Sooner are later, all USA will be in soup line .

  32. Janice Appel says:

    NO….. he was far enough away to be shot in the leg or tasered. He needed help, not killed!!

    • Charles says:

      Charles
      February 22, 2021 at 7:57 am
      Charles
      February 22, 2021 at 7:55 am
      Shooting to wound just to stop is the not the answer. We must comprehend the danger to the officer at the distance involved. This man ask to be killed, could have covered twenty feet before most persons could draw their weapons and fire. Shooting to wound is considered intentional maiming and will result in a disastrous law suit that would financially devastate the defendants and it would not guarantee instant incapacitation even if shot in the arm or shoulder. Not to mention these are smaller areas that may have been missed by the projectile allowing the suspect with a knife in the air to rush and murder the officer. The officer has no idea if the suspect was on any narcotics which alter the mind to a different state of reality rendering the suspect even more dangerous and less susceptible to the the use of force on limbs or extremities. Also, shooting to maim could have resulted in the suspect eventually being released back into society to prey on the community once again. I really wish people would think things through before they reply!

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    • Nanette Bombard says:

      does anyone know how far 21ft is, because your acting like its 2 blocks away. Yes shoot him, its sad but in a psychotic state your faster and stronger then you can imagine, this man i believe may have had enough maybe he had mental problems and took medication for it but for him it wasn’t helping so he added street drugs or booze because he sounded desperate and he couldn’t take it anymore couldn’t kill himself and it drove him to the point of madness, just shoot me. He was never going to stop even if he survived he would have tried it again but more intense more drastic to get what he wants, And he wanted out. Race has nothing to do with being psychotic it comes in all colors and ages. This officer could have been the one to die if his gun had jammed no doubt in my mind he would have stabbed him over and over. If the man is psychotic,doing this would have released some of his mental anxieties and would possibly calm him. Idk but I wouldn’t take any chances with a knife wielding crazy yelling kill me.

  33. Joseph Trio says:

    I was taught to shoot to stop first, like another person commented why not shoot him in the leg or taze him or try shooting low. I think there could of been another solution instead of ending his life he obviously had mental health problems. What about his family? What if he has children.
    I’m not for defunding the police,they “protect and serve” us and I’m not for taking away our second amendment rights as well,,nor am I a BLM supporter,all lives matter always, we are all brothers and sisters of this amazing planet in our galaxy,” come on people now smile on your brother everybody get together and try to love one another right now” THE YOUNGBLOODS 1967

  34. Loretta Cogar says:

    Officers are trained to stop hostile actions however they must. Preferably with nonlethal means if possible. In this situation, I think it was justifiable in that multiple officers told him to stop. He did not, he kept hold of the bloody knife and still ran toward the officers. The ending would have been different if he had dropped the knife. If someone came running at me with a knife I would have believed they meant me harm, instinct is to protect yourself. He was right! I’m sorry if some are offended by this, I am normally a nonviolent person but if it was me in that same situation I’d have done the same as the officer.

  35. George says:

    The man was advancing on the officer. The Officer told him calmly to get on the ground. The man continued to advance on the officer. The officer told him again to get on the ground. The man continued advancing on the officer. The officer was now in a very dangerous vicinity of a man who refused lawful orders of a police officer. The officer was now in grave danger from a man with a knife. The officer fired on the man with three rounds from an AR.

    I FIND THE OFFICER HAD PERFORMED THIS SHOOTING BY THE BOOK.

  36. Frank says:

    He got his wish; suicide by cop. If one threateningly approaches police officers trying to do their duty, waving a knife and refusing the officer’s instructions, he must expect to be controlled by whatever means necessary. If that means lethal force, so be it.

  37. Verna says:

    No I would not have shot and killed him..I might have shot him in his leg to take him down but he was suicidal and needed help..not die..but when your an officer you only have a few seconds to make a decision to protect tourself..with as many cops that have been shot and killed it makes a person nervous..it works both ways..

  38. Timothy says:

    Officers are trained to shoot center mass, that means aim for the body because it is the widest area and less chance of missing the target. So aiming for a thin leg that is moving is near impossible, so with all that said, the officer did the right thing. Obviously the man was in distress, but that does not justifying him ignoring the orders to drop the knife or to stop. It is clear the man was not going to do what the officer was telling him. Sometimes you just have to fire to protect yourself and the community.

  39. Joe Diedrich says:

    Yes I would have

  40. ROBERT POWELL says:

    i suggested that the police in seattle use capture guns for this problem, if you can capture a mountain lion with one ,they would be fine for human capture. the results,,,crickets,,

  41. Lynne says:

    Why was he not tazzered? He was not planning on stopping. Lots of questions, like they did know that the man had a knife, why didn’t they have a plan? The cop was not alone right? Sometimes what you see needs to be explained right? Did the cops have the weapons they needed to keep themselves safe? Not black and white!

    • Stan says:

      Have you ever seen someone tazed? Many times it doesn’t even faz the perp. Besides – the tazer must hit the perp, while they are moving and have to go through many layers of clothing. Then the perp is on you and your getting knifed or shot. Please do some research!

  42. Kelley says:

    Yes, Yes and Definitely. “Case Closed. Death of Offender” Period!!!!

  43. ken howard says:

    Absolutely NOT – he was nowhere near the cop, and had a knife … shoot him in the legs, drop him but a deadly shoot is not in any way necessary.

    • Ruth Vaughan says:

      I agree should have shot him in the leg

    • Stan says:

      It’s obvious that many of the people making comments do not understand how fast the situation develops. I would like to take each one of these, (so called experts), people to the range and have them aim and shoot at a perps simulation, in the leg/s or any small moving target. Also I would like to have them react in real-time to an individual approaching them to do them harm! Set up the old 21 foot rule. But hell, they wouldn’t understand.
      And trying to use capture nets – come on, get real.
      Always the Monday morning quarterbacks that don’t have the slightest idea of what it takes!! Triple tap and it should be over!

  44. Leon Lurie says:

    GOOD—–ONE LESS PERSON WITH A BLOODY KNIFE.
    THAT COP GETS A GOLD STAR IN MY BOOK.

  45. Cary says:

    Yes, most definitely. The man had a sizable knife which can kill a person with one blow. The fact the man was running towards the police and appears to have been within 20 feet makes the police shooting a self-defense action.

  46. Bill says:

    I think judgement of such incidents is better left with appropriate authorities NOT as an entertainment piece on the internet. Fed up with trials by media more concerned with ratings and money than legal justice.

  47. Buffersue says:

    Definitely would have shot him. He was going to harm the police officer one way or the other because he evidently wanted to die. Why should the officer take a chance on injury by waiting for the individual to get close enough for him to possibly try to disarm him. He intended to harm the officer and given the circumstances, if it were me, yes I would have shot him.

  48. Steve Stacy says:

    He shot him so he would not be stabbed. Its not a racial thing, because he is white, Right

  49. Sherry Chase says:

    Yes! Me or you when comes down to it! Bye bye.

  50. Golfer9 says:

    Stop, get down on the ground and hands behind your head if obeyed would mean a lot less deaths. Blaming either a police person or a private citizen from either protecting themselves or others is just wrong. Today’s media promotes the use of violence and unjustly blames the innocent.

  51. Fred says:

    NO! He was not a danger!

  52. Delbert says:

    Yes, I would have shot him. This appears to be a classic case of suicide by cop. The guy with the knife, which incidentally was NOT just a little pocket knife, was STILL coming toward the officer after being told repeatedly to STOP…put down the knife…AND he so much as said to the officer “Shoot me, please shoot me!….” So, again, yes I would have shot him just as the officer involved did. When it comes down to a case of kill or get killed, the chice is clear.

  53. Dennie Lambert says:

    If anyone comes at me with a knife in his hand and yelling shoot me,something is seriously wrong with his thinking. I think the officer was justified in using his weapon. Perhaps if he was armed with a taser and had time to deploy it, that could have been used. But he was confronted immediately after leaving his car.

  54. Guy says:

    Yes, I would have.
    It is dangerous enough for every day regular people, essentially in areas where current gov. And municipal administrations have give and even supported violence. It is doubly dangerous for law enforcement. This leaves an officer on the street to defend the next victim from the next nutcase with a weapon.

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