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VIDEO: Chicago Cop Tases Man With Knife Before He Rushes In And Stabs Her

Chicago, IL – The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released bodycam on Thursday of an officer-involved shooting after a suspect attacked a Chicago police officer with a large knife (video below).

The incident occurred at about 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 5 when officers responded to Vittum Park, near 49th Street and Lavergne Avenue, for a report of a man stabbing people, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

COPA said that when officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a man later identified as 34-year-old Shaon Jermy Ochea Warner standing by a bush in the middle of the park “holding a long, large butcher knife,” WLS reported.

Bodycam video showed that multiple officers told Warner to put his hands up and not to reach for anything.

“Put your god–mn hands up. Don’t be reaching for nothing,” one officer warned him in the video.

The video showed that Warner ignore the officers’ commands and bent over to retrieve something from the ground by the bush.

Then he started walking toward the officers with a long blade in his hand.

“Put your hands up!” a male officer said again just as Warner to a turn to his left and began walking directly at a female officer, the bodycam showed.

The female officer deployed her Taser and Warner fell forward to the ground, but he never let go of his knife.

“Still got that knife,” the male officer said as Warner fought the Taser’s charge.

“Yep,” the female officer said.

Then she triggered another cycle of electricity through the Taser but it seemed to have little effect on the man.

“Put the god–ned knife down. Drop the knife!” the male officer yelled. “Drop it!”

But instead of dropping the knife, Warner jumped to his feet and ran directly at the female officer, the video showed.

Bodycam video showed Warner grabbed the officer and tried to stab her multiple times.

Two other officers opened fire on Warner and continued shooting until the big man finally began to fall to the ground, the video showed.

Even after he was down, the video showed Warner tried to regain his grip on the large knife and the officers had to stand on his arms to stop him.

Officers placed Warner in handcuffs on the ground, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer whom Warner attacked wasn’t injured in the assault because the blade struck her ballistic vest, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The victim of Warner’s initial stabbing was transported to the hospital for treatment, WLS reported.

COPA said its investigation was in the early stages and would determine whether officers had used deadly force in according with Chicago Police Department policy and training.

The spokesman for COPA, Ephraim Eaddy, said the panel was also looking into a complaint by another citizen who was stopped before police got the park and found Warner, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Bodycam video showed that after the stabbing, an officer returned to his vehicle to release the man who had been detained earlier and apologized to him.

“That dude had a knife. He was stabbing Sarge… I know it ain’t you, man. Like I said, you got my sincerest apologies… Give me your number and I’ll make it right, I promise,” the officer told the man he had detained.

Then he told other officers he had “grabbed some other dude” before he returned to his vehicle.

“I’ll make this right. I didn’t mean to do that … I ain’t trying to do motherf—king wrong,” the officer said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Eaddy said COPA was “looking into the actions of the officer and actively investigating.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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