Lapel Video: Albuquerque Cops Fire About a Dozen Shots At Knife or Brake Pad-Wielding Man

Last December, Shaine Sherrill became the seventh person shot by Albuquerque police officers in 2013. Sherrill was allegedly brandishing a knife, or maybe a metal brake pad, although police insist they were also told he may have had a gun.  There were hours of video from a dozen officers, according to the Albquerque Journal, which posted the following 3 minute video on its YouTube page: 

 It takes the officer less than ten seconds after exiting his car to start shooting. You can hear the command “drop the weapon” once. They handcuff him before providing any medical assistance. 

following procedurescreen capThe Albuquerque Journal provides more details:

While on the way to meet Sherrill, according to lapel videos and an audio file of radio communications between officers and police dispatch, officers were told about prior calls where Sherrill made it clear that he wanted to commit suicide by police officer and that he was suicidal. That information was disseminated through the Real-Time Crime Center, which references crime data and other databases in hopes of giving officers as much information as possible about a call while in the field. The tool was touted at the time as potentially a way to reduce the number of deadly-force encounters between officers and possibly suicidal or mentally ill suspects.

Officers finally found Sherrill near Northeastern and Wyoming NE, and fired. One officer can be seen kicking what looks like a knife away from Sherrill’s body and then several more officers rush to give the suspect medical attention. Officers applied tourniquets to Sherrill’s legs and slapped adhesive bandages on gunshot wounds on his back.

Police still won’t say just how many times they shot at Sherrill, but his mother says he suffered from seven gunshot wounds. The family sued in January, accusing the police department of withholding documents related to the shooting.

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  • sarcasmic||

    officers were told about prior calls where Sherrill made it clear that he wanted to commit suicide by police officer

    At which point a dozen officers rushed in, happy to oblige.

  • ||

    At which point a dozen officers rushed in, happy to oblige.

    Damn you beat me to it. I was going to say they might as well distribute Viagra during role call.

  • Jerryskids||

    Was it a broken break pad? Those can have sharp edges.

  • seguin||

    I remember you, that pygmy with the sharp slice of mango could have...

  • Tim||

    Seemed like they were a long way away when they opened fire. The lapel cam doesn't work to well. We need a camera that follows the gun muzzle.

  • juris imprudent||

    He wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity to EMPTY his weapon at a suspect well beyond the range that an edged weapon is dangerous. EMPTIED his entire mag (which you know is at least 15 rounds) and put another one in.

    Two to center mass you moron. Then stop and re-assess.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Police still won’t say just how many times they shot at Sherrill, but his mother says he suffered from seven gunshot wounds.

    Wow. That means they had to have shot at least seventy rounds in his direction.

  • Devonai||

    If you want to apply NYPD standards, sure.

  • juris imprudent||

    Well the one cop on tape couldn't have had even half his rounds on target.

  • GILMORE||

    "Sherrill was allegedly brandishing a knife, or maybe a metal brake pad, although police insist they were also told he may have had a gun"

    Pool, pond. Pond would be good for you.

  • Rich||

    police insist they were also told he may have had a gun.

    Indeed, *the very next person you meet* may have a gun.

  • cavalier973||

    This is one of the reasons I went to Pet Smart and got a Jedi Cat. Expensive, but worth. it.

  • GILMORE||

    That brought a tear of joy to my eye.

    Also, the below comment I saw on this video is, on some Uber-Meta-level, ALL youtube comments, condensed to their essence:

    "
    Elite Unicorn
    7 months ago in reply to Que Daniel

    You really are stupid aren't you? why would you mock someone just because he updated the dislike bar seriously your childish and immature.Why are you going to cause an argument over something so little? its not going to get you anywhere you need to grow up and if your to lazy to mark his comments then how come you reply to them. Your probably just some kid who is bored and thought it'd be fun to go mock people on the internet. Anyway I have a life to live so bye."

  • The Late P Brooks||

    RESISTANCE IS FATAL

  • Paul.||

    Sherrill made it clear that he wanted to commit suicide by police officer and that he was suicidal.

    Police are definitely happy to oblige. Whoa, hey, wait a sec... could this be considered assisted suicide?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It takes the officer less than ten seconds after exiting his car to start shooting.

    This was a highly professional and painstakingly thorough investigation.
    Procedures were followed.

  • Paul.||

    "Drop the knife... drop the kn..."

    *bang*bang*bang*bang*bang*bang*bang*bang*

  • Ryan60657||

    Did Sherrill survive? Story is unclear.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Thanks to Ed for going out of his way to enable alt-text.

  • Invisible Finger||

    It takes the officer less than ten seconds after exiting his car to start shooting.

    The fuck it did. I counted SIX seconds.

  • ||

    Thank God they arrived when they did before he had a chance to seriously injure or kill any of that 1/2 mile of barren concrete in any direction.

  • optimusratiostultum||

    the article says "started shooting", "recklessly unloaded his entire magazine" is a much better description of what the video shows.

  • optimusratiostultum||

    in fact after watching this again it seems like he spent more time shooting the poor bastard than assessing the situation.

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