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VIDEO: Driver Tried To Run Over Cops Twice Before Being Shot

Waukegan, IL – Illinois State Police released additional video on Wednesday that showed police told 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette that he had a warrant and was under arrest before the man’s girlfriend twice tried to run an officer over (video below).

Waukegan police said the incident occurred just before midnight on Oct. 20 after a car occupied by Stinnette and driven by 20-year-old Tafara Williams fled from officers, NBC News reported.

Another officer spotted the vehicle a few moments later.

Waukegan police said in a press release the day after the shooting that the second officer got out of his vehicle and approached the suspect vehicle, NBC News reported.

The vehicle began backing up toward the officer and the officer opened fire “in fear of his safety,” according to the press release.

Stinnette was fatally shot, according to NBC News.

The driver also sustained gunshot wounds but was treated and survived.

Officials have not yet released the name of the police officer involved, but said he was a Hispanic male with five years on the Waukegan Police Department, CBS News reported.

The police department initially said the officer had been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation by the Illinois State Police.

But on Oct. 23, Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles announced he had terminated the officer, The New York Times reported.

“The City of Waukegan terminated the officer that discharged his firearm during that incident, for multiple policy and procedure violations,” Chief Walles said in a written statement.

The state police’s investigation of the incident will be turned over to Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim for a determination of whether there will be charges against the officer, The New York Times reported.

Nerheim has also asked requested a federal investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

The bodycam video released on Oct. 28 shed more light on what happened before the officer opened fire on Williams’ car.

The video showed that the first officer who approached the vehicle recognized Stinnette from a recent accident.

Stinnette tried to pretend that he wasn’t himself and gave a different name, but the officer clearly identified him and radioed the dispatcher with the information.

“I thought you were one of the Stinnette kids, right?” the officer asked. “What’s your first name? What’s your first name? You’re Marcellis, right?”

“Yeah, for what?” Stinnette admitted in the video.

“Yeah, you’re under arrest man,” the officer told him.

“Why?” Williams asked.

“Because I said,” the officer replied as he made his way around to the passenger side of the vehicle where Stinnette was sitting.

“Hey, c’mon show me the hands now,” the officer ordered Stinnette. “I ain’t playing with you because I know you. Marcellis, you’re under arrest.”

“He’s under arrest for what?” Williams asked.

“Cuz you got a warrant,” the officer told Stinnette.

“I’m sorry but for what officer?” Williams asked.

The she told him she was recording him and he told her that was fine because he was recording her, too.

“Marcellis, you’re under arrest pal,” the officer told Stinnette.

A split-second later, the video showed that Williams slammed on the gas and fled the scene, very nearly running over the officer in the process.

“Hey, he just ran me over,” the officer said into his radio.

It was unclear from the video whether the officer had actually been struck by Williams’ car.

Illinois State Police also released dashcam video from the chase that ensued when other officers spotted the suspect vehicle.

The video that Williams led police on a chase through Waukegan.

Then she lost control and ran the car up onto the sidewalk and grass and an officer caught up with her.

Dashcam showed the officer jumped out and ordered Williams and Stinnett out of the car just before he opened fire.

The officer did not activate his bodycam before the shooting and only the audio of the incident was captured by the dashcam, KRDO reported.

Williams has disputed the Waukegan Police Department’s account of what happened the night she and her boyfriend were shot, The Washington Post reported.

She also claimed that officers “wanted us to bleed out on the ground” and covered Stinnette up with a blanket while he was still breathing.

“They ignored me,” Williams told reporters from her hospital bed, sobbing. “They laid Marcellis on the ground and covered him up with a blanket while he was still breathing. I know he was still alive.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
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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