Horrifying body cam footage has been released showing the moment an Ohio police officer was forced to shoot a knife-wielding thug in order to save his own life.
According to The Washington Post, it all started when Glendale Police Officer Joshua Hilling encountered the man walking down the very busy Interstate 75. The man claimed he didn’t have any identification, and was only carrying a book bag full of dirty clothes.
“I’m going to pat you down for officer safety,” Hilling told Javier Pablo Aleman before putting him against the back of his police cruiser, authorities said.
It was then that Aleman pulled out a knife and lunged towards Hilling as he shouted, “I’m going to kill you!”
Thinking fast, the officer shot Aleman once in the abdomen. However, Aleman then got back up and shouted “kill me!” over 40 more times to the officer. Finally, Hilling was able to convince Aleman to drop the knife and get down on the ground.
The video was shown in a news conference in which officials announced they will not be charging Hilling in the March 29 shooting. Instead, Aleman will be charged with attempted murder.
“Joshua Hilling deserves a medal for what he did,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at the Tuesday news conference, according to WCPO.
Deters added that Hilling is “is one brave individual. He showed remarkable restraint involving the confrontation of an individual who was clearly armed.”
At the time of the shooting, Hilling was unaware that Aleman was a fugitive wanted in Baltimore County for a homicide. He had been charged with the murder of his former landlord Victor Adolfo Serrano, who was found dead March 17 after suffering multiple stab wounds.
Hilling, 31, has only been a full-time police officer for four months. Before that, he was a part-time cop for four years.
“His training has paid off; he followed everything to the T,” Glendale Police Chief Dave Warman said Tuesday, adding that Hilling will likely return to work next week.
“He’s very emotional about the whole situation,” Warman told reporters. “I’m sure he wished it never happened, but it did and he’s handled it well.”
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