This is the most intense police shooting I’ve ever seen, all caught on a body camera. EPIC!
Dayton Ohio officer Joshua Hilling stops a man (Javier Aleman) who is walking down a busy freeway. After being unable to produce identification, Hilling tells Aleman to step over to his car so he can pat him down. Aleman walks towards the car, then bolts away, pulling out a large knife. (Side note: It was later found out that Aleman is a suspect in a stabbing death in Baltimore).
Hilling reacts immediately, screaming at the top of his lungs for Aleman to put down his knife. When he doesn’t, and Aleman advances towards him, BOOM! Hilling pumps lead justice into the freak. Aleman falls, but gets back up, still holding the knife, telling Hilling to kill him over and over.
The standoff goes on for minutes as backup arrives on the busy freeway where the stop occurred. Aleman continued approaching Hilling and another officer with the knife. He is then taken down with a taser. The guy is seriously lucky to be alive today. Thank you officer Hilling for keeping our streets safe from psychos like this guy! And thank you for the EPIC video!
PS: We enhanced audio of the shooting so you can hear it better. Watch this INSANE confrontation!
CINCINNATI — Repeatedly shouting “kill me” and “shoot me”, Javier Pablo Aleman was shown in body camera video released Tuesday trying to goad police into using deadly force.
At one point in the tense, 2 1/2 minute confrontation, you hear an officer say, “I don’t want to kill you.”
Then, the voice of Glendale Officer Joshua Hilling is heard.
“Please get down, we don’t want to.”
Hilling’s body camera captured the confrontation, fraught with white-hot intensity.
Moments earlier, he had spotted the man walking an Interstate 75 ramp.
Aleman, carrying a backpack, said he was coming from Dayton. Hilling asked if he had any identification and the man could not produce ID.
After setting his backpack on the ground, Aleman was told to place his hands on the cruiser for a routine safety precaution, a pat down. That’s when the officer saw a knife come from the man’s waistband and he shot Aleman in the abdomen.
But, that shot did not subdue him.
The 46-year-old stranger got to his feet and kept advancing towards officer Hilling in what appeared to be an attempt at suicide-by-cop. The officer spaced the encounter as best he could, backing and backing to try to convince Aleman to go to the ground.
“Drop the knife,” Hilling continued to command over and over again as he kept Aleman at gunpoint while measuring his distance.
“Shoot me, shoot me, shoot me,” Aleman kept repeating as he clutched the knife with a grip of determined purpose.
About 40 seconds into the encounter, other officers arrived and Aleman, though wounded, still would not drop the knife to the ground nor himself, stating at one point he wanted to kill someone else.
Glendale Police Chief Dave Warman, Sheriff Jim Neil and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters all praised Hilling on Tuesday for what they deemed his “remarkable restraint.”
He had no way of knowing at the time that Aleman was wanted in a Maryland murder investigation and that, as Deters observed, “there’s a high probability” the knife he carried on March 29 was a murder weapon.
“And if you also noticed the way he takes the knife and he brings it to a striking stance,” noted Chief Warman. “He’s holding it down, he flips it over. So, he’s well-skilled with a knife. You could tell.”
As the body camera video was released to the public, Deters announced no charges would be filed against the officer. In fact, he said Hilling deserves a medal for the way he conducted the stop.
An attempted murder charge was signed against Aleman and, if convicted, he could face 11 years in prison.
He is recovering from the gunshot to the abdomen.
Officer Hilling is said to be “very emotional” about the situation, but is handling it well. He is expected to be back at work within the next couple of days.