ATHENS, Georgia (AP) – Body camera video shows how hard police in Georgia tried to deescalate an encounter with a knife-wielding man before finally shooting him as he rushed at an officer.
The Athens-Clarke County police video released Tuesday shows officers backing away from the bloody man. They scream “please put the knife down” and “please don’t” as they retreat from 23-year-old Aaron Hong, who repeatedly yells “Do it.”
Hong approaches at an increasingly fast pace and ultimately rushes one officer who screams “no” before firing. A wounded Hong then stands up as they beg him to stay down, and tries to grab an officer’s gun before being fatally shot by the second officer.
Athens-Clarke County police Chief Cleveland Spruill says both officers are on leave pending an investigation.