Ohio officer praised for restraint, refused to shoot suspect

Suspect: Michael Wilcox, Courtesy: Brown County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Brown County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio police officer is being praised for holding his fire even as a slaying suspect charged him, saying repeatedly, “shoot me.”

WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, an NBC affiliate, reports the tense moments were captured Thursday on a body camera worn by New Richmond officer Jesse Kidder.

The video shows Kidder with backpedaling and telling 27-year-old Michael Wilcox he doesn’t want to shoot him.

Wilcox is charged with killing his 25-year-old girlfriend and is a person of interest in a Kentucky killing. Kidder says dispatchers told him Wilcox could try to force a “suicide by cop” after a chaotic, violent chase.

Kidder says a relative gave him the body camera following the deadly officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Wilcox was being held Saturday on $2 million bond. No attorney information was available.

To watch the incident, as caught on video, click here.

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