A fatal police shooting was captured on an Oklahoma officer’s bodycam and reveals the stark split second decision he made.
Muskogee police officer Chansey McMillin killed Terence D. Walker on Saturday when the 21-year-old ran away after being confronted outside a wedding.
Officer McMillin gave chase after Walker bolted when frisked outside the church and fired five times as Walker turned to face him momentarily – armed with a gun, according to McMillin.
The shocking incident took only one minute to unfold from the time that McMillin arrived at the Old Agency Baptist Church to its fatal conclusion.
McMillin had responded to a call that Walker had threatened an ex-girlfriend during the day allegedly telling her he ‘had a bullet with her name on it’.
The bodycam shows that McMillin walks towards Walker in the parking lot and asks him to produce both his hands, which Walker does.
Officer McMillin then puts Walker’s hands behind his body and begins to frisk him, asking him if there is anything he should be worried about.
McMillin also asks Walker why he is shaking and then suddenly, Walker breaks free and flees.
Giving chase, McMillin is heard to immediately shout, ‘Drop the gun, I am running’, and then the camera shows Walker lose his balance and appear to drop something.
He stoops while still moving to pick it up and seems to face McMillin for a split second.
At that point the officer fires his weapon five times and Walker falls to the ground.
According to Tulsa World, even in slow motion speed it is unclear if Walker ever really faces the officer, or if he was merely checking to see where he was.
Regardless, Walker was struck three times and fell into a ditch on the side of the road.
By this point, only one minute and seven seconds have expired on the bodycam after McMillin exited his car to approach Walker.
‘I was in a bad spot,’ McMillin told a backup officer who arrived four minutes and forty seconds into the video.
Since the shooting, Sgt. Mike Mahan has told Tulsa World that McMillin feared for the safety of civilians behind him and traffic if Walker fired on the run.
In the harrowing aftermath of the shooting, it is already clear that Walker has been killed and the church’s pastor rushes up to McMillin to ask him if he can check on the 21-year-old.
McMillin refuses to allow him to do this and when his backup arrives, which numbers at least 10 other officers, one of them retrieves what he says is a loaded gun from Walker’s awkwardly crumpled body.
In the confused minutes after the shooting, the same pastor arrives to tell McMillan’s colleagues the officer had ‘followed procedures and he did everything right’.
Source: The DailyMail