Shocking footage from a police officer's dashcam has been released to the public. A Blount County deputy shot and killed a man who was charging him with an ax near Greenback, Tennessee.
On September 30, at around 3:30 a woman had called 9-1-1 to report her son, 40-year-old Brian Lee Rogers, who was "acting erratically," according to reports.
24-year-old Blount County Deputy Jarred Pekala responded to the Emert Williams Road residence. When he arrived, Pekala was immediately rushed by Rogers, who charged him with an ax, as you can see in the video below.
What appeared to have been a woman, she rushed after Rogers in the attempt to grab him, but she failed. At this time, the deputy put his patrol car in reverse, traveling back down the road.
According to investigators, Pekala backed his cruiser about 320 feet down the road, away from Rogers, who was running after him. When the patrol car came to a stop, Rogers slowed to a walk but kept approaching the deputy.
Once the patrol car came to a stop, Pekala got out of the car as Rogers approached him with the threatening ax. The officer began backing away, warning Rogers that he would have to shoot if he didn't stop.
"When he stopped, he stepped out of his patrol vehicle and issued several verbal warnings to Rogers to drop the weapon, but Rogers did not comply and continued to charge toward him with the ax," the sheriff’s office said, according to WBIR.
“F--king back up, dude,” the officer warned the ax-wielding assailant. “Stop right now! I’m about to shoot you!”
“Come here, boy,” Rogers responded, according to "The Daily Times."
“Stop right now! I’m about to shoot you!” Pekala warned him again.
At this point, both parties were off camera, but as Rogers closed in on the deputy, Pekala shot Rogers.
"Shots fired," the deputy radioed, as a woman in the background screamed.
Rogers was rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his stomach, groin, leg, chest, and head. He was pronounced dead shortly after the encounter.
Per protocol, deputy Pekala was placed on paid administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting.
“More often than not, law enforcement officers must make split second decisions when they are confronted with an individual who is armed,” Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said in the release, according to WBIR.
“Many citizens do not realize the dangers and complexities of police work,” Sheriff Berrong said. “In Blount County, we are blessed with great community support, but across the country, criticism of law enforcement officers is on the increase.”
“Our deputies faithfully continue to uphold their oaths and protect our citizens, despite knowing they will be second-guessed in traditional and social media,” the sheriff continued. “They are also aware they are a target because of the uniform they wear.”
Deputy Pekala was cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of Brian Lee Rogers. He returned to his regular duties this week.
"I stand by my deputies," the sheriff said.
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