Video taken by a witness shows the incident on Tuesday in which Raleigh police attacked and then shot and killed a man who they believe threw a knife at officers.
The incident unfolded after police responded to multiple 911 calls regarding a crash on the Raleigh Beltline on Tuesday afternoon.
The Raleigh Police Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the man died from his gunshot wounds. The police did not release his name.
Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson previously declined to comment on the man’s condition at a news conference following the shooting.
In a 23-second video posted to social media and obtained by The News & Observer, an officer is seen tasering the man as a crowd gathers on the Beltline near emergency vehicles and police cars. police. Patterson said the man was walking with a small child and carrying a knife.
At the start of the video, the man is seen turning away and walking away from the officers when an officer raises his Taser towards him from behind.
The man recording the video then yells at him in Spanish to sit down.
“¡Primo, siéntese! ¡Primo!” shouts the man recording the video, as the man continues to walk away from the policeman pointing the Taser at him. “Cousin, sit down! Cousin!”
Although “primo” is a literal Spanish translation of “cousin”, it is commonly used in Latin America as an informal and friendly way to call a friend, and does not necessarily indicate a family relationship.
A woman is seen dragging a child away from the scene, which Patterson confirmed.
After the man falls to the ground, five officers surround him and two of them hold him down.
Seconds later, the man appears to be struggling to get up and is on his knees when two officers draw their guns. The man is shot and falls.
It is not known how many times he was shot.
Patterson said Raleigh police shot him after “the individual swung the knife at officers.”
The man stops as the officers approach him.
“Oh my God,” said the man recording the video, as another person shouted in the background.
The video then stops.
Patterson did not know how many shots were fired, but said police would count shots fired by officers at the scene.
At the press conference, Patterson said police were responding to a crash after 1:30 p.m. on Interstate 440 near the 12 Brentwood Avenue exit.
She said 911 calls indicated someone was intoxicated and when officers arrived they were “alert that an individual was armed with a knife”.
The police department’s internal affairs unit will investigate whether officers followed department policy.
“I want to wait until we have all the information before making any decisions or making any statements about whether or not the shooting was justified,” Patterson said. “We just don’t have all that information right now.”
Writer Julian Shen-Berro contributed to this story.
This story was originally published January 11, 2022 8:10 p.m.