Bodycam Shows Texas Police Shoot Man After Charging at Officers With Knife And Club

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Published on 7 May 2021, 22:46
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Mesquite, Texas — The Mesquite Police Department released a 911 call and body camera video of the incident involving 27-year-old Ashton Pinke, who was fatally shot by two officers on May 4, 2021. Officers were sent to the Audubon Park Apartments Tuesday after dispatchers said they could hear screaming and the sounds of a struggle in the background of a 911 call before it hung up. The two officers involved were dispatched to the address and radio traffic could be heard saying the address was linked to Pinke, who has a history of bipolar schizophrenia and depression.

When police arrived, the body camera video shows Pinke answering the door and telling an officer that there is no disturbance and then shutting the door. About 30 seconds later, body cam shows the woman in the apartment come out and tell officers that Pinke hit her and jumped out the second-floor balcony. She also tells officers Pinke had a knife and is running. The officers could be heard saying “Don’t do it, don’t do it” before he is seen running toward them. Pinke was seen dropping a “club” and a knife as he was shot. He later died at a hospital. Police say Pinke had a club with batteries and sockets taped to the ends as well as a knife.

Timestamps:
0:00 - 911 Call
2:07 - Bodycam Video of OIS

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