Fatal shootings by police officers have become more prevalent in the news ever since Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown last August, sparking nationwide protests.
Just last week, a Richmond, Ohio, police officer found himself in a similar scenario. A man charged him with clear intent – this time asking to be shot – but the officer refrained from squeezing the trigger.
The video above, footage from Officer Jesse Kidder’s body camera, captures the tense minute where suspect Michael Wilcox charged at him and attempted ‘suicide by cop.’ According to CNN, the suspect was wanted for murdering his fiancé and friend.
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Officer Kidder remained cool, repeatedly shouted that he wasn’t going to shoot the man, and waited long enough for help to arrive.
“Law enforcement officers all across the nation have to deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death,” Kidder told CNN-affiliate WLWT. “I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force.”
His actions earned praise from his police chief, saying he “showed great restraint and maturity”; and had he shot Wilcox, Kidder would have been justified in the shooting.
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If there ever was a time for a police shooting, this was it: a suspect, possibly armed and wanted for double homicide, who charged the officer and refused to remove his hands from his pockets.
According to WLWT, Kidder had only been with the force for a year–but served two tours as a Marine in Iraq. Perhaps his training and military experience aided in his restraint.
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