GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC– Authorities have released body-cam footage of an officer-involved shooting of an armed man who is wanted on multiple warrants from July.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 5 p.m. on July 11th, after Greenville County Sheriff’s deputies had been actively searching for 26-year-old Michael Joseph Culbertson. Deputies were looking for Culbertson in the area of Long Forest Drive because he was wanted on several warrants.
Included in these warrants were resisting arrest, failure to stop for blue lights, interfering with police, and reckless driving. Fox Carolina News reported that Culbertson recently told family members he was not going to jail, and that he had armed himself with a gun.
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Greenville County Sheriff’s Captain Tim Brown said that in a video released on August 25th, deputies had responded to Culbertson’s home, the day before the officer-involved shooting for a domestic disturbance.
Culbertson was able to evade deputies at his home that day, but police continued to look for him the next day. Moments before the officer-involved shooting, body-cam video shows deputies riding in the back of a van looking for Culbertson. Brown said that the officers spotted him on the street.
Brown said that the officers saw him emerge from a set of nearby woods. The video details what was said prior to the officers exiting the van:
“There he is, there he is, there he is.”
Another deputy responded:
“Where, where, where?”
Seconds later, the van stopped and the deputies jumped out with their weapons drawn and pointed in the direction of Culbertson. Deputies verbally told Culbertson to show his hands, at which time he began to flee.
According to the deputies’ reports, Culbertson produced a handgun and began turning towards the deputies, prompting them to discharge their weapons.
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Sheriff Hobart Lewis confirmed that the suspect pointed his gun at the deputies before they fired at him. Captain Brown said that Culbertson was struck multiple times.
As he fell, body-cam footage shows Culbertson dropping a magazine and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol on the street.
Immediately following the shooting, deputies approached Culbertson, handcuffed him and began CPR and rendering first-aid until the paramedics arrived on scene. Culbertson was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — (Scroll Down For Video) — The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has released bodycam footage of deputies shooting a man dead who was armed with a handgun.
Michael Joseph Culbertson, 26, was wanted on traffic warrants, includin… https://t.co/0bHHAYmJxf
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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was called to the scene. SLED and the department’s Office of Professional Standards were the ones who reviewed the shooting.
Sheriff Lewis said that their internal investigation concluded that the actions by Culbertson lead to the justified shooting by the deputies.
“There is several shell casings up there. Our deputies, we know fired multiple rounds, just from their own statement when everybody got together and they were trying to figure out who was involved.
We had about seven or eight deputies who were out here and it looks like from the initial investigation they all really shot from the same place.”
Lewis also said that it is unclear if Culbertson fired at the deputies, but that none of them where hurt in the incident. SLED said that their investigation is ongoing. The deputies involved were placed on paid administrative leave, as is routine for all officer-involved shootings while the investigation is taking place.
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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about officer-involved shootings:
PHOENIX, AZ – The Phoenix Police Department recently released the body cam footage from the officer involved shooting back in June where a female officer non-fatally shot a suspect who was chasing her with a knife.
Accompanied with the released footage was a press release affording further details on the incident that took place on June 14th.
Phoenix PD identified the suspect involved in the case as 55-year-old Jon David Brouseau.
In the newly released footage of the incident that Law Enforcement Today reported on back in June, Phoenix PD shared the playback the 911 call originally received that led to the officer being dispatched. On the call, a female caller reports that there is a man inside of the Asiana Market threatening people while armed with a knife.
That is when the lone female officer responded to the area and confronted Brouseau.
During the video, you can see from the officer’s perspective that Brouseau is continuously disregarding orders to drop the knife – and Brouseau even goes as far as to threaten to cut her throat and begins to run toward the officer.
The officer fires a single shot, causing Brouseau to go to the ground. Additional units were said to have responded to the scene and were able to detain Brouseau and get him medical attention.
According to police, Brouseau is expected to survive the injury sustained during the encounter and will be charged with aggravated assault for the incident.
As of this time, the officer involved in the shooting has not been named. Phoenix PD noted that the department will not comment on whether the shooting enacted by the officer was either good or bad until a complete investigation has occurred.
As mentioned earlier, Law Enforcement Today reported on this incident as it was developing – and even obtained video footage not shown in the Phoenix Police press release. Here’s the original report we brought you days after the encounter this officer had with Brouseau.
Video evidence has surfaced regarding an officer involved shooting that took place in Phoenix, Arizona where an allegedly armed suspect threatens a female police officer with a knife repeatedly. The suspect gets shot after rushing the officer.
This is what I would justify as a legitimate officer shooting. Very tragic but she made the decision that was necessary. https://t.co/orHWrO4Q4j
— CognitivelyDisgusted (@scienzagal) June 17, 2020
The shooting was said to have taken place on 43rd Avenue and Union Hills in Phoenix’s northern portion of the city, at approximately 7:45 p.m. on June 14th.
Police were alerted about a male suspect that was armed with a knife threatening to kill people outside of the Asiana Market.
One officer responded to the call, where she confronted the armed man. Video was captured by a nearby witness who was inside of their vehicle.
*Graphic language warning*
— Sal DiCiccio (@Sal_DiCiccio) June 17, 2020
During the confrontation between the lone officer and the suspect, you can hear the suspect repeatedly threatening the officer with the knife. While the officer is issuing verbal commands for the suspect the drop the knife, the man can be heard saying:
“Shoot me. I will kill you. I’ll kill you, you stupid little bitch – I will fucking slice your fucking throat.”
While ignoring the numerous commands issued by the officer present, the suspect continues to try closing the physical gap between himself and the officer. It eventually gets to the point where the officer is having to continuously move away from the suspect that is approaching at a quickened pace.
After the suspect begins to continue moving toward the officer, the officer responds with what appears to be a single shot, in which the suspect goes to the ground.
As of now, neither the suspect nor the officer has been identified, but it’s been reported that the suspect remains hospitalized after the shooting.
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