Police officer sacked for not shooting black man holding an unloaded gun
A police officer has been sacked in West Virginia for apparently failing to open fire on a man brandishing an unloaded gun.
The case will anger police brutality activists who have raised dozens of other cases in which officers have shot dead unarmed suspects and escaped punishment.
Speaking for the first time about the incident that happened in May, Stephen Mader told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettehow he tried to de-escalate a dangerous situation.
He said his training helped him when he was dispatched to a domestic dispute and found Ronald Williams, 21, armed with a handgun
“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it,” he said.
“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and de-escalate it. I knew it was a 'suicide-by-cop' situation.”
Things changed when two other officers arrived on the scene. Williams was shot dead as he walked towards them.
A police investigation concluded that the killing was justified despite the gun being unloaded.