Police body cam footage released Thursday showed a 17-year-old girl crying and apologizing to officers after she forced them to shoot her. The teen had a kitchen knife and proceeded to rush officers who were backing away from her. It’s unclear if the teen was suicidal and hoping to be killed by police.
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Oxnard Police Department in California released edited body cam footage of a May 3rd incident after they received a call that a woman was holding a 12-inch knife and “seemed disturbed.” Officer Timothy Roberts arrived behind a fast food restaurant where they found the unnamed teen walking.
Officer Roberts can be seen in the video approaching the girl and telling her to come to sit down on the curb. When the teen grabs a knife out of her pants, the officer immediately begins to try to deescalate the situation.
The officer tells her to drop the weapon and to sit down on the curb. The teen, whose face is blurred due to her age, asked the officer what would happen if she didn’t put the weapon down. “Then something bad is going to happen,” Roberts can be heard saying.
The teen, who is wearing a pink shirt and blue pants, then starts to approach the officer with the knife in her hand. Officer Roberts and his partner retreat backward slowly in an effort to calm the teen and to show her that they are not a threat to her.
“Drop it,” the officer could be heard saying. “No,” she replied. “Come on shoot me,” she adamantly said. “I’ve been waiting all day.”
As officers try to calm the troubled teen down, she rushes towards them and is immediately shot three times before she drops and hits the pavement. Officers remove the knife from her, and the teen then utters: “I’m so sorry.”
Officer Roberts calm replies “It’s OK,” as he and his partner issue medical care as the ambulance is en route. According to a police statement, another pair of officers were heading towards the scene with non-lethal beanbag rounds before the shooting took place.
Officer Roberts has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is department policy, the New York Post reported.
According to Fox News, the teen is in stable condition and remains at the hospital.