Family claims man shot by police was unarmed – but bodycam footage shows the moment he pulled a gun on officers

WASHINGTON, DC – A domestic violence suspect was fatally shot by DC Metropolitan Police (MPD) on April 30 after he pulled a gun on officers. The family had claimed the man was unarmed, but body camera video shows otherwise.

 

The newly released video also shows desperate efforts by the officers to provide medical aid to the man following the shooting and demonstrates the traumatic effect a shooting can have on an officer.

Terrance Maurice Parker, 36, was fatally shot by MPD officers as they tried to talk to him about a domestic dispute inside an apartment.

According to police, on April 30 at approximately 8:56 p.m., MPD officers were dispatched to an apartment building for a domestic violence assault in progress. Upon arrival, police encountered Parker engaged in a verbal dispute with a female.

Officers attempted to speak to Parker when, without warning, he picked up a firearm. Officer Howard Lee fired several shots, striking Parker. Officers provided medical aid until medics arrived on the scene. Parker was taken by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services to an area hospital where he died.

The officers and the female inside the apartment were not injured during the incident.

Officials released Officer Lee’s body camera footage on May 2, and are now releasing the video from the second officer’s body camera.

Officer Lee’s body camera video shows him walking through a hallway of the apartment building. Officers knocked on the door of the apartment and announced that they were police. The door opened and a female in a nightgown tells the officer, “Get this bitch out of my house.”

Officers walked inside and observed Parker reclining on a bed in the bedroom. Officers asked Parker what was “going on” while trying to get the female to exit the room. Officer Lee moves the female out of the way, and Parker can be seen holding a firearm in his right hand.

Officer Lee says, “What do you have there?”

Parker extended his right arm, waving the gun in the direction of both the officers and the female.

Officer Lee fired three times, striking Parker. Parker collapsed on the bed with the gun next to him.

The officer immediately radioed that shots had been fired and moved the gun away from the suspect, who was motionless on the bed.

The body camera video was released publicly after Parker’s family disputed MPD’s version of events leading up to the shooting. An MPD spokesman confirmed the family was permitted to view the video before it was released.

Parker’s oldest sister, Tiffany Parker, said in a statement:

“(The video did not show Parker) pointing (the gun) at police officers or anyone else as stated by the MPD. Terrance appeared to be complying with police directions.”

However, Deputy D.C. Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Christopher Geldart said the video showed Parker was armed:

“There’s a video of Mr. Parker holding a firearm. And when the video comes out, I think people will see the clear danger that was there.”

On Wednesday, officials released the body camera of the second involved officer, which did not clearly show the shooting because the officer was standing in the doorway behind Officer Lee. However, the video does show the events following the shooting.

The video showed officers having difficulty communicating with dispatchers over the radio when calling for assistance following the shooting because of poor radio reception inside the apartment building. Both officers radioed shots fired, but the calls received no radio response.

 

Officer Lee attempted to call 911 on his cell phone but again had no reception. After having the female use the officer’s cell phone to call 911 for assistance, the officers began giving first aid to Parker.

Officer Lee can be heard repeatedly telling Parker to “stay with me” as he treated him.

Once additional officers arrived, both officers were removed from the apartment. Officer Lee was visibly upset in the video, bending over and breathing heavily. Leaving the building with other officers, the second officer could be heard re-assuring an upset Officer Lee:

“We’re good. We’re good.”

The U.S. attorney’s office will review the case after D.C. police complete their investigation. The officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department policy.

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Hero officer credited with saving the life of partner who was shot three times during domestic call

May 6, 2021

 

PRAIRIE GROVE, AR – An Arkansas police officer is in the intensive care unit this morning after being shot three times during a domestic disturbance call on Tuesday night. His partner is credited with saving his life.

The shooting occurred in Prairie Grove, about 190 miles northwest of Little Rock. Police say several officers were met with gunfire when they responded to a 911 call reporting a physical disturbance at a home at 313 W. Thurman Street.

Prairie Grove Police Department reported that Officer Tyler Franks is in stable condition at Washington Regional Medical Center after he was shot three times after Nickolas M. Colbert, 42, opened fire.

According to police, Franks and Officer Andrew Gibson responded to the call assisted by two Farmington police officers. They arrived at the home at 8:37 p.m.

Officers Franks and Gibson entered the home and tried to go into the bedroom where Colbert was located. Colbert fired multiple rounds from a shotgun and handgun at close range, striking Franks.

Officer Gibson fired five shots in return, striking Colbert at least four of those times. Officer Gibson then heroically pulled his injured partner from the home while the suspect retreated back into the bedroom.

Using his training, Officer Gibson applied tourniquets to the injured officer, and performed other life-saving measures until medics arrived and rushed Officer Franks to the medical center.

Police said the wounded officer underwent multiple surgeries:

“Officer Tyler Franks was also transported to the Washington Regional Medical Center where he underwent multiple surgeries. He is currently in ICU and reported to be in stable condition.”

Colbert was taken into custody about an hour later and also transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment. A police statement read:

“The suspect was transported to the Washington Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in stable condition.”

 Prosecutor Matt Durrett said charges have not yet been filed against Colbert because he is undergoing emergency medical treatment. Durrett said Colbert will likely stay in the hospital for a few weeks. When he is discharged, he will be brought to the Washington County Detention Center.

Durrett said Colbert will likely face charges of either attempted capital murder or battery on a law enforcement officer.

Officer Gibson is being praised by law enforcement officials as a hero for saving the life of his partner. A press release issued by Prairie Grove Police Chief Chris Workman said:

“Officer Andrew Gibson was able to remove Officer Tyler Franks from the house and immediately applied two tourniquets. This immediate action is credited with saving Officer Tyler Franks’ life.”

Officer Gibson has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, a normal procedure in officer-involved shootings.

The Prairie Grove Police Department has asked the Washington County Sheriff’s Officer to investigate the incident.

Captain Tion Augustine with the sheriff’s department is taking part in the investigation. Augustine knows firsthand what Officer Franks is experiencing.  Captain Augustine was seriously injured in a shooting on the job in 2015.

Augustine was a sheriff’s deputy when he was called to a home when a man’s parent reported their son was “psychotic and suicidal.”

The prosecutor in the case was also Matt Durrett. At the time, he said the suspect’s parents said their son was “a danger,” “psychotic and suicidal… and for officers to use caution if they encountered him.”

Augustine, along with another deputy and several officers from the Fayetteville Police Department, went to an address in an attempt to locate Raymond Plumlee, 24, and was shot after officers heard gunfire from a nearby wooded area and went to investigate.

Augustine was rushed to the hospital with “life-threatening” injuries but survived.

Plumlee and a shotgun were found a short time later, according to the prosecutor, who described the suspect as “uncooperative with investigators.”

Plumlee was transported to the Washington County Jail and booked on charges of attempted murder, terroristic threatening, battery, and domestic battering. 

 

 

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