Detective Howard Brickner and Corporal Lynn Bays disarmed a mentally ill man, Marcus Lavender, who was suicidal, instead of killing him, in Pulaski County, Missouri.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department said that the cops went to Lavender’s residence for a well-being check call, notes the Police Activity YouTube channel, which posted the police body cam video.
Police Activity added:
“Brickner knocked on the front door.’The front door was opening with the muzzle of a weapon behind it. I grabbed a hold of the muzzle pushing it away and wrapped around the guy and we started to wrestle with the gun. It went off. I had yelled for my partner and he’d come running,’ Brickner said.”
Brickner said that his main thought was he needed to get ‘the muzzle of that weapon planted in the ground where it wasn’t going to be able to do anything.’ Bays ran to assist Brickner after he called his name, heard the shot being fired just before he rounded the corner of the house, and came upon Brickner struggling with Lavender in the front yard over a rifle.”
Bays drew his weapon and ordered Lavender to drop his weapon, but did not shoot because Brickner and Lavender were struggling for the rifle and there was a risk that Bays could hit Brickner. Bays used is his taser on Lavender and helped Brickner secure him, while Lavender begged the officers to shoot him, telling them, ‘I want to die.'”
(Source: Police Activity/YouTube)