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VIDEO: Suspect Pointed Realistic Airsoft Pistol At Officer Before He Was Shot

Ogden, UT – The Weber County attorney released bodycam video of the October officer-involved shooting of an 18-year-old man who was armed with a knife and an airsoft pistol in Ogden (video below).

The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 after a caseworker for the state called 911 and told them that Gavin Johansen was threatening suicide, FOX News reported.

“That girlfriend texted this young man’s mother and said that he had reported to her that he said goodbye and that he was going to go to the family home at the address I just gave you [to] get the shotgun …” the caseworker said on the 911 call.

The caseworker said that Johansen didn’t live at the home and was in the custody of state juvenile justice services, FOX News reported.

Officers responded to a residence in the 800-block of Fifth Street and set up a perimeter around the home.

Bodycam video showed that police went to the front door of the house to make contact with the people inside.

Johansen’s sister told the officers that her brother was in the basement and that he had a gun, according to the Deseret News.

That’s when the dogs started barking from the back yard, alerting an officer to someone’s presence outside, the video showed.

Johansen appeared through the basement entrance at the rear of the house carrying a realistic-looking airsoft pistol and a long-bladed knife.

The video showed there was someone behind Johansen who appeared to be trying to pull him back inside.

But Johansen proceeded up the stairs to the driveway and pointed the gun at an officer, the video showed.

The officer yelled “hey, hey!” as she rapidly backed away from the staircase, and then the video showed she opened fire on Johansen as he advanced toward her.

The officer fired five shots at the armed suspect, striking him once in the lower torso, the Deseret News reported.

After Johansen was down, surveillance video from a camera at the back of the house showed the 18 year old dropped his airsoft pistol on the staircase and held onto his knife for a few seconds before he dropped that, too.

Officers ordered the downed suspect to show his hands and then rushed over to him, the video showed.

They pulled him out of the stairwell and laid him flat on the driveway to begin performing First Aid.

Johansen cried in the video and asked the officers if he was going to die.

Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt said that Johansen was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, FOX News reported.

Chief Watt has not released the officer’s name but said she had been placed on administrative leave pending investigation as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

Police recovered both weapons at the scene and identified the gun as being an airsoft pistol, FOX News reported.

Johansen was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and aggravated assault.

The first two charges are second-degree felonies and the third is a third-degree felony, the Deseret News reported.

Charging documents filed by the Weber County Attorney’s Office in the 2nd District Court said that Johansen charged at the officer with an air-powered gun “which looked very much like a real weapon.”

The affidavit also said that “when officers were inside the house, they observed a shotgun that was lying on the couch in the basement, several loose shotgun rounds were also on the ground near the gun,” the Deseret News reported.

Officials said the investigation was ongoing and that the Weber County attorney would ultimately determine whether the shooting was justified based on its findings.

Watch the incident unfold here below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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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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