When Ohio police officer Joshua Hilling, 41, stopped a seemingly indigent man whom he found meandering along an Interstate 75 ramp on March 29, he never expected the situation to turn sour so quickly.
When the man failed to produce any identification, Hilling asked him to place his hands on the cruiser for a pat down.
The officer shot Aleman in his abdomen, but that failed to subdue the energized vagabound, who kept advancing on him while shouting “kill me” and “shoot me.”
Rather than give Aleman what he wanted, however, Hilling chose to exercise an impressive amount of restraint while maintaining a distance from him and repeatedly demanding that he get on the ground.
The situation finally reached a climactic end about five minutes later when other officers who had arrived on the scene hit the psychotic man with a taser, causing him to tumble to the ground and eat pavement.
Update: Hamilton Co prosecutor "will announce his decision" by mid next week on officer-involved shooting on I-75. https://t.co/uQr5KJ8d6u
— WCPO (@WCPO) March 31, 2016
Aleman was subsequently detained and transported to a nearby medical center for treatment. Authorities later learned that the knife-fielding lunatic was a fugitive wanted by the Maryland police for having allegedly killed his landlord earlier this month.
Both media outlets and fellow police officers showered Hilling with heaps of praise for handling the situation with Aleman so exceptionally.
Glendale Police Department Chief Dave Warman added that this was the first time in his two decades with the department that an officer had become involved in a shooting, though thanks to Hilling’s restraint, it wasn’t a fatal shooting.
Moreover, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters assured reporters that the officer would not be charged and that, if anything, he “deserves a medal for what he did.”
H/T Fox News
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