DASHCAM: UNT Officers Kill Man with Axe

The man with axe was 21-year-old college student on birthday

By Calibre Press  |   Dec 17, 2015

The Texas Rangers on Wednesday released dash-cam video from Sunday’s fatal shooting of 21-year-old University of North Texas student Ryan McMillan.

The release came shortly after university officials named UNT police Cpl. Stephen Bean, 27, of Denton as the officer involved in the shooting.

The two video segments, each about 47 seconds, show different views of the scene at Oak and Fry streets early Sunday. In the first, Bean arrives at the scene about 12:30 a.m. The video shot from inside the patrol car shows McMillan standing with two others under a streetlight.

After Bean’s vehicle comes to a stop, McMillan is seen stepping off the curb and crossing in front of the patrol car, holding a hatchet in his right hand.

The second video segment shows the same scene from three other angles.

In the audio recording, Bean has gotten out of the patrol car and is heard ordering McMillan to “back away” several times as he steps back from him, drawing his gun. McMillan continues to walk toward Bean, ignoring the officer’s warnings and repeatedly saying “Shoot me.”

McMillan was 5 – 6 feet from Bean when the officer fired three shots.

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