BODYCAM: Officers Shoot Man After Standoff

Multiple beanbag rounds allegedly didn't prevent the suspect, who was killed, from charging officers

By Calibre Press  |   Apr 12, 2019

[Note: This video is intended for educational and informational purposes only.]

As reported by the Courier-Journal.com: 

Police opened fire on an armed man Tuesday in Okolona when he charged at them following a minuteslong standoff, newly released body camera footage shows. 

The footage from the two officers who shot and killed 33-year-old Terry Davis Jr. shows a prolonged standoff in which police shouted commands for the man to drop his gun, with no success.

Louisville Metro police officers arrived around 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Manor Apartments in the 4500 block of Gills Court on a report of the shooting, said Lt. Aaron Crowell, commander of the department’s Public Integrity Unit.  

They found a man with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the parking lot, as well as Davis, who police say fired those shots from a semi-automatic pistol.

For about 10 minutes, video shows, officers surrounding Davis tried to get him to surrender. 

“Listen, drop the gun and we can talk about it,” said an officer. 

“Sir, we do not want to hurt you. Please put the gun down,” said another. 

Before opening fire, officers tried using shotgun-fired bean bag rounds to get Davis to comply. 

Body camera video shows Davis eventually runs toward Officers William Mattingly and Michael Purcell, who are crouched behind a vehicle for cover. 

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