NEW RICHMOND, Ohio – A police officer in Ohio could have opened fire on a man charging him, an action considered by some as an attempted "suicide by cop," but video shows his "great restraint."
Video from a body camera worn by Officer Jesse Kidder showed a double homicide suspect charging him on a road in New Richmond, Ohio Thursday. The suspect appeared to be yelling at Kidder while keeping his hand in a pocket despite repeated requests from Kidder to put his hands in the air.
“I jumped out, and he’s running toward me. I had my firearm already drawn on him, and I tell him to put his hands up in the air, and he was screaming, ‘Shoot me! Shoot me!'” Kidder said.
Kidder tried to keep himself away from the threatening suspect by backing out of the way and keeping his handgun pointed in his direction, but the man continued to charge him. Kidder keeps his composure, even when the suspect charges to within a few feet, forcing Kidder to tumble backward to the ground, his upended feet coming into the body camera’s view.
Within 45 seconds, the suspect put his hands up and was arrested.
Kidder showed "great restraint" by not shooting the man, his colleagues said.
Sgt. Les Smith, who has been with the New Richmond police for 33 years, told CNN that even though Kidder is green — he’s been with the department for only about a year — he’s an excellent officer.
“Law enforcement officers all across the nation deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death. I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force,” Kidder told CNN affiliate WLWT.
Kidder’s family bought his body camera for him after the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, CNN reported.
The former Marine, who served two tours of duty before joining the force, works as a resource officer for a New Richmond school, and his $400 body camera comes in handy when issues arise there, Smith told CNN.
The video demonstrates that if Kidder had felt compelled to shoot the suspect, he would’ve been justified, Police Chief Randy Harvey told WLWT, adding that he hopes to find funding to outfit all of his officers with body cameras.
“For him to make the judgment call that he did shows great restraint and maturity,” the chief said.