CINCINNATI, Oh. – Authorities have just released graphic body cam footage that shows the moments that a suspect tried pull a gun on officers, resulting in the man being shot and nearly losing his life.
This week, it was announced that the officer who pulled the trigger will not face criminal charges in the shooting incident.
The video can be seen below.
The series of events began just after noon on September 11, after an undercover unit reportedly saw Vernell Jackson remove a gun from his pocket and secure it in the waistband of his pants, according to statements made by the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The plainclothes officer radioed for another unit to assist him before moving in to make contact with the suspect, who can be seen standing with a girl on the sidewalk.
Cincinnati Police Officer Marc Schildmeyer responded to the area to assist the UC officer. As they moved in on Jackson, the body cam footage shows how quickly the situation escalated.
The audio from the shooting captures the officer tell Jackson to show them his hands three times.
“Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands! Let me see ‘em!” the officer can be heard shouting.
But instead of complying, Jackson appears to show his right hand, all while hiding his left behind his back. It’s clearly seen that as he starts to show his left hand, he’s gripping a firearm that he’s pulling from his waistband.
Clearly in danger and justified in using his service weapon, Officer Schildmeyer fired a single shot, striking Jackson in the chest and dropping him to the ground.
The officer shouts at the girl to step back. The officers advance on the Jackson and secure him in handcuffs.
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The Hamilton County Prosecutor had no hesitation in passing on pressing charges against the officer, saying that his actions were completely justified.
“Officer Schildmeyer’s cruiser and body-worn camera footage shows Jackson raising his gun towards the officer,” prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said in a press release. “Officer Schildmeyer was 100 percent justified in shooting Jackson.”
BREAKING: @JosephTDeters says Vernell Jackson will be charged soon. He was shot by Cincinnati Police Officer Marc Schildmeyer on 9-11-19 in Avondale.
Body cam video released today shows Jackson pointing a gun at Schildmeyer before he was shot.
— 700WLW (@700wlw) September 17, 2019
Immediately after Jackson had been shot, the video shows the two officers attending to the suspect’s injuries. Blood can be seen on the sidewalk. Schildmeyer applied pressure to the wound – a move that Deters says saved Jackson’s life.
“He likely saved his own life as well as the lives of others,” Deters said. “As I said before, he is to be commended.”
The suspect was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery for the gunshot wound. He was listed as being in critical condition, but post surgery has been listed as stable.
The video can be seen below. The content is graphic, and viewer discretion is advised.
Investigators say that Jackson’s .380 Hi-Point semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
Deters continued to praise the efforts of the officers in the press release.
“We have another Cincinnati Police Officer to be commended for the manner in which he handled a dangerous situation,” Deters said. “Jackson, armed with a loaded gun, was ready to shoot. Because of Officer Schildmeyer’s quick response and training, we are here today not talking about an officer shot in the line of duty or the shooting of innocent bystanders.”
According to a report from WXIX, Officer Schildmeyer is a 23-year veteran of the Cincinnati PD’s gang unit.
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