White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe was recorded by a police body camera ordering his deputies to fatally shoot an unarmed man during a slow-speed chase in Sparta, Tennessee, in April 2017.
Shoupe was not aware he was recorded by the body camera, which was in the back of a police car, notes WTVF.
After the fatal shooting, Shoupe stated:
I told em, I said take him out… Damn, I don’t give a sh*t… They said “we’re ramming him.” I said, “Don’t ram him shoot him.” F*ck that sh*t. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.
If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that motherf*cker they’re full of sh*t. [Laughter] Take him out. I’m here on the damn wrong end of the county. I love this sh*t. God I tell you what, I thrive on it.
The incident began when police tried to pull over Michael Dial for driving on a suspended license in DeKalb County. the slow-speed chase moved into neighboring White County.
DeKalb County deputies later told the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that the chase was like a funeral procession.
Shoupe was not involved in the chase, but told his deputies in White County to shoot Dial.
The police radio dispatcher stated:
Per 59 (the sheriff) use deadly force if necessary. Take the subject out by any means necessary.
Police pushed Dial’s truck off the road. That’s when Deputy Adam West and Officer Charlie Simms opened fire on Dial and killed him.
Dial’s wife Robyn has filed a federal lawsuit against White County, the Sheriff, Deputy West and Sparta Officer Simms claiming they used excessive force:
I feel with every part of me that’s exactly what they wanted to do was kill him…
They could have let him go ten more miles down the road, he probably would have run out of gas… I just hope he knows I loved him.
Dial’s lawsuit says Shoupe “preferred to shoot and kill Mr. Dial rather than risk damaging his patrol cars.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said the fatal shooting was justified.
While Shoupe was chatty immediately after the brutal killing, he refused to comment to WTVF.