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I Know You Shot Me, but I'm Not Gonna Shoot You!': Body Cam Video Shows Officer, Just Shot by Suspect, Pleading With Him to Drop Gun


"I wanna die."

Image source: WEWS-TV

CLEVELAND (TheBlaze/AP) — A dramatic and disturbing video recorded by a police body camera shows Cleveland patrol officers, including one whose ballistic vest had been struck by gunfire, trying to convince a man to drop his gun before four other officers shot him to death.

One of the videos released Wednesday shows Theodore Johnson shooting at the officers. One of the rounds struck the chest area of Patrolman David Muniz's ballistic vest.

Here's that moment on the first video:

Another video, recorded by Muniz's body camera, shows a despondent Johnson telling officers that he wants to die.

"I know you shot me, but I'm not going to shoot you!" Muniz told Johnson.

Johnson said he didn't care. "Do what you do, man."

Seconds later, Johnson raised the gun and the officers opened fire.

Image source: WEWS-TV

Here's the rest of the body-camera video, ending just after Johnson raised his weapon:

The video was released by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty the day after he announced that a grand jury had determined that the four officers were justified in using lethal force against Johnson on March 11.

Police went to Johnson's home that night after his wife went to a police station and told officers that Johnson had threatened to kill her and their landlady.

Video from an officer's body camera shows Johnson, 64, step out of a doorway and fire down at the officers as they climbed the steps toward his second-floor apartment. The officers retreat to the downstairs apartment and Muniz is heard yelling that he'd been hit.

Muniz's body camera recorded him and the other officers in a standoff with Johnson, who was holding a gun to his side, on the first floor. Johnson told the officers to kill him.

Officers screamed at Johnson to drop the gun.

Muniz, who stood only 5 or 6 feet away extended in a firing position, told Johnson: "Put the gun down. We don't want to kill you. Just drop the gun."

"I wanna die," Johnson said.

"No, you don't want to die," Muniz replied.

When officers told Johnson they'll get him help, he responded that he didn't want or need it.

McGinty in a statement praised the officers for their "remarkable restraint."

"These officers are commended for responding with courage and for heroically fulfilling their duty to protect the public," McGinty said.

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