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Video: Ohio Officer Praised for Holding Fire During Attempted Suicide-by-Cop Incident

April 20, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Ohio Officer Praised for Holding Fire During Attempted Suicide-by-Cop Incident

An Ohio police officer is being praised for holding his fire even as a double murder suspect charged him, saying repeatedly, "shoot me."

WLWT-TV in Cincinnati reported the tense moments were captured Thursday on a body camera worn by New Richmond officer Jesse Kidder.

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

The New Richmond Police Department Web site says Kidder had been sworn in to join the village police force last April 16, after serving in Iraq as a Marine. One year later, he found himself facing his toughest police challenge so far. Kidder said dispatchers warned him Wilcox could try to force a "suicide by cop."

Kidder said he watched Wilcox's hands and didn't believe he was going to shoot at him, so he kept yelling back to Wilcox that he didn't want to shoot him. Backup officers arrived and Wilcox surrendered, the Associated Press reports.

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Aaron @ 4/20/2015 3:26 PM

Only reason this officer is alive is because the suspect happened to not have a gun in his pocket where his hand was concealed. He compromised his officer safety to appease the media and critics. Basically second guessing himself. This by far was not a good job. It worked out for him this time.

rottiedog @ 4/20/2015 11:52 PM

I fear for this guy's safety and all other like minded officers. He jeopardized his life by making a big deviation from his training. For what reason is what I'd like to know. My fear stems from my belief that he did it for no other reason than he feared the "negative" media coverage and anti-police crowd. That's scary if accurate. Of course no one will ever admit it, but the officer knows. If true, he needs to get out while he's still alive.

krisnlc @ 4/21/2015 12:57 PM

Aaron and rottiedog's assessment is speculation. the police officer did what he thought was the best thing to do in the circumstances. he found himself in a situation where he did not have to shoot the guy so he did not. IN the story he says he watched the guys hands to make sure his safety was not being compromised...but Aaron and Rottiedog decide that this guy deviated from training...why...because he did not shoot the guy at the first sign of trouble? Good police work is not simply based on a 'shoot first, ask questions later' , based on what this former marine says i believe that he would have shot the guy if the signs were there. They werent so he opted for an arrest instead of a shooting. but Aaron and rottiedog do not see it that way instead they are the voices of doom waiting for the next time....good job officer, not everyone dangerous incident has to result in the death of the perp.

rottiedog @ 4/22/2015 10:19 AM

Look. I'm happy he did not have to take a life. And I have speculated, but that's what we do. This is life and death, and while I praise him for not having to kill someone, my comment is designed to point out that inaction based on fear of "bad press" is a suicide mission. I've never killed anyone, but was I ready? Absolutely. And my decision not to pull the trigger was never based on my perception of media coverage. That's a dangerous road. That's all I'm saying.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/22/2015 11:32 AM

Comments about the officer holding his fire are easy to make unless you have personally had training in the old Hogan's Alley or Shoot don't Shoot scenarios. The Academy I went to threw all sorts of situations at you. Many officers shot borderline in it but learned greatly from it.All officers I have known hope they never have to fire their gun in the line of duty except for qualifications.

rottiedog @ 4/23/2015 7:54 PM

That's correct. I'm blessed that I never had to fire my gun in 25 years, half of that on SWAT. My point is simple; the officer himself is the only one that knows in his heart what the answer is. Did he not shoot because of media coverage of recent shootings? If so then that is very bad.

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