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Video: Man Killed by Mo. Deputy Ignored Warnings

January 09, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Man Killed by Mo. Deputy Ignored Warnings

A video released by the Greene County (Mo.) Sheriff’s Department last week reveals that a man who was shot and killed by a deputy repeatedly ignored warnings to show his hands and get down on the ground.

The Dec. 1 incident began when deputies were called to a rural home just north of Interstate 44 around 5:30 p.m. by a former Springfield police officer who found Joshua Ford, 33, on his property. The homeowner spoke with Ford, and, according to a letter to the sheriff from the prosecuting attorney who investigated the shooting, Ford threatened to shoot the homeowner then moved off into the woods.

Deputies found Ford just off a road about 5:39 p.m. and tried to take him into custody. Ford used a sweater to conceal his hands from the deputies’ view and acted like he had a gun.

The deputies warned and even pleaded with Ford to show them his hands and get down on the ground. “Nothing is worth getting shot over!” one of the deputies yelled.

Cpl. Michael Hurney opened fire when Ford pointed the sweater-covered hand at him. Ford was hit three times. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. No weapon was found at the scene.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that in Ford’s previous run-ins with the law he had told officers before that he had a gun when he did not. Documents reviewed by the newspaper also say that he once dared an officer to shoot him.

Cpl. Hurney has been cleared to return to duty.

Comments (14)

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Serpico @ 1/9/2014 2:55 PM Here is a alt. link. The SGF News-Leader is a Gannett monopoly Marxist source. People should hear both sides of the story. And for Tin Foil hat people like me, there are Six Sides to dice. A person has a brain, they should use it! Just watch A Noble Lie on Youtube about OKC bombing. I'm not saying there's a "cover up" in Greene Co. But people need to be informed, that not everyone in SGF trusts the Local Newspaper when it comes to local and Nat. Many people distrust Gannett media in General. You can't trust SGF N-L it's the only paper in town! It's like going to One Hospital, in a City. People need better choices and less Liberal Bias.

gp cobb @ 1/9/2014 3:19 PM

No need to comment Serpico, look at the video geezzzz.

kevcop @ 1/9/2014 3:29 PM

Sad, but honestly they should have shot him sooner, he was said (by reported victim) that he was going to shoot them and he had a point/shoot stance at officers for an extended period of time. Granted one would think that he would have shot sooner if that were his true intention, but how can one be sure when dealing with this type of situation, but I would not take that chance, perhaps he was just getting the courage up to shoot. Sad but it was HIS choice as are all Suicide by Cop incidents.

Lenny @ 1/9/2014 7:25 PM

"he had a point/shoot stance......." So now you can be shot for having a sweater and/or nothing in your hands? No weapon therefore no opportunity, no motive since he had no weapon. Sure am getting tired of all the "Suicide by Cop" incidents. Seems that being within range of a cop is Suicide. Can't wait for the story of Keith Vidal to make it here and read the pretzel logic explanations. It amazes me that every single time a cop kills someone it always falls within policy. I would like to meet the creature who writes these policies, must be Cpl. Steve Rubio.

Chuck @ 1/9/2014 8:24 PM

Serpico - you're a moron. This is a classic case of Suicide by Cop. Those guys showed a heck of a lot more restraint than I would have. Of course, I never would have moved out in the open like they did.

David @ 1/10/2014 10:24 AM

@kevcop - what are you talking about? Opportunity, motive and means(ie weapon) are three different things. Just because, in the end, he did not possess a weapon does not mean that he did not have a motive!

Jim B. @ 1/10/2014 3:39 PM

Lenny, here is the problem with what you are saying. You are saying "He didn't have a weapon, therefore the shooting was unjustified." The problem with that is that your conclusion is drawn after the fact, when all of the details are known. That is what is known as 20/20 hindsite. The Supreme Court recognizes that judging the actions of an officer based on that 20/20 hindsite is unreasonable. They realize tha cops have to make split second decisions based on what they know or believe at the time. Ford stated that he had a gun and would shoot, acted like he had a gun, has his sweater wrapped around his hand as though to conceal a gun and pointed his hand at the officers as someone would who had a gun. Given all of that, it is reasonable for the officers to believe that he did in fact have a gun and posed a threat. The officers did not have to wait to actually see gun or for Ford to actually fire to respond with deadly force.

Josh S. @ 1/11/2014 1:27 PM

@ Jim B. I can tell you have a law enforcement background by your response. That's a perfect explanation to the events that occurred. My only suggestion would be that there was no imminent rush to apprehend the suspect. Maybe it was a possibility to retreat to some cover and call SWAT or a Negotiator. But this is a hindsight response and I sure the officer's made there decision based on other facts that I am unaware of.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/12/2014 11:30 AM

@ Lenny, your right I would not shoot the suspect either, I would just run him over with my MRAP this way all I would have to do is a accident report.

Rogers @ 1/13/2014 11:43 AM

Good shoot

Thor @ 1/13/2014 3:56 PM

Not a good shoot given the info. Answer this Pard--say a peace officer actually observed a crime. Not a citizen being shot but maybe a burglary--a felony. The cop yells for the offender to "freeze--police" and the offender runs. Even if the cop demands that the offender get on his knees--regardless the cop has to run after the offender (remember this guy observed NO CRIME). Can he shoot the offender? Answer--NO POSSIBLE WAY!! This guy is in deep trouble for homicide--it can in no way be "a good shoot". 3 city LEO.

Slick Rick @ 1/14/2014 5:41 AM

Thor- you cannot compare apples and oranges.. Chasing a suspect is not the same as him pointing a sweater covered hand and purporting he has a Weapon and he is going to shoot you.. What if the officers did not shoot and the suspect shot them... Would that make you happy?

Jason Knickman @ 1/14/2014 9:42 AM

For those of you that fault the officer here and obviously other offcers at other incidents; why don't you come out here and where the badge. Walk the same beats dealing with the same people on a daily basis. No, you want to play arm-chair quarterback here. Lets not blame the problem of the source here. Lets not think why was this guy at somebody elses house and not at work....Oh did I use the word WORK.....

Charlie @ 1/14/2014 1:30 PM

Speaking from experience, I have been where these officers were. Fortunately for me, I didn't have the necessity to shoot after making the decision to do so. Unfortunately, I did sustain a stab wound in the process of subduing the you ask? Circumstance! And it is different for each of these incidents.....unfortunate as they are, they are a part of OUR reality.....not an armchair quarterbacks. For the inexperienced eye, what you see here is the shoot/don't shoot split second decision making take place. Two officers, one who felt threatened and made the decision to shoot, the other officer realizing and verbalizing the suspect did not have a weapon. That happened simultaneously and unfortunately my friends, our lives depend on split second decisions. It is sad to see a human life taken as it was, but make no mistake.....that decision was the suspects, no one else. The decision to shoot was not to take a life but to end a threat. We do this every day.

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