Body Cam Catches Moment Officer Takes a Risk by Holding Fire
Body camera footage shows a police officer risking his life by holding fire when he thinks a potentially armed fugitive is baiting for “suicide by cop.”
The incident began when police tried to pull over Aaron Woodcock for driving erratically on Highway 80 in Texas on Monday, 11 March.
A chase ensued. Despite one of his front tires being shredded by a spike, Woodcock limped on for another mile, before a 30-minute stand-off with police in which he could be seen drinking beer and taking medication.
After tear gas was fired into the vehicle, Woodcock took flight.
He was refusing to obey police commands, holding his hand behind his back as if he had a weapon.
The video footage shows him run along the side of a nearby McDonalds. When police realize he is unarmed, they are able to apprehend him.
“I took a chance of not shooting him,” Wills Point Officer Bennie Jones said. “I knew his mental state and it was really nerve-racking at that point,” he said. “Most people probably would say that was a dumb move on my part, but I took a chance. And I’m glad he didn’t have a gun.”
Jones said his training helped him keep a level head.
“We always think about suicide by cop.”