Warning: Contains Disturbing Footage
Chilling bodycam footage has gone viral which shows a police officer shoot a suspect after he had charged at him with a crowbar.
The footage, captured in a quiet residential area close to Oklahoma city centre, shows the cop – Officer Brandon Lee – attempting to arrest a Department of Corrections escapee who had been walking around with a ‘crowbar-like’ object.
Officer Lee initially attempted to use a taser to subdue the man. However, undeterred by the taser, the escapee started to run towards him with the crowbar in his hand, forcing the officer to retreat.
Officer Lee then proceeded to shoot at the man, who fell to the front lawn of a property while screaming ‘you’re dying’ and ‘Kill it, kill it please’. It was unclear as to what exactly the suspect was referring to, and Officer Lee could be heard to respond, ‘no, no I’m good’.
You can watch the shocking incident unfold for yourself below:
According to the video caption on the Police Activity YouTube page:
Officer Brandon Lee arrived at West Park Place and Linn Avenue. He observed the suspect, Kirk Dustin Shields, in front of 2608 West Park Place, who had a crowbar-type object in his hand. The suspect ran to the east, and Officer Lee pursued him. The suspect turned, faced the officer and charged the officer.
Officer Lee used his taser on the suspect, but this did not stop the suspect’s pursuit. Officer Lee discharged his firearm and struck the suspect.
Didn't have much of a choice in this case-the officer had to defend himself
— Gerald Slaby (@GerrybombS) April 17, 2019
Following the arrest, the suspect – identified as Kirk Dustin Shields – was reportedly taken to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with having suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.