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Video: Pistol-Wielding Man in Wheelchair Killed by Delaware Officers

September 24, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Delaware Officers Shoot, Kill Pistol Wielding Man in Wheelchair

Wilmington, Del., police officers shot and killed an armed man in a wheelchair after responding to a call that the man had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man failed to comply with multiple requests from officers to drop his gun.

Wilmington Police said in a news release that they encountered the man Wednesday afternoon "armed with a handgun" at Tulip and S Scott streets.

Authorities say "a departmental shooting ensued" and that the man died on the scene. The news release did not elaborate and police would not release any additional information when contacted by telephone, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Family members have identified the dead man as Jeremy "Bam" McDowell, 28, of Wilmington, who used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot about 10 years ago.

Delawareonline reports the state department of justice is investigating the incident.

Video of the incident was captured by a bystander on a smartphone. The video was posted to YouTube and Live Link.


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kevCopAz @ 9/25/2015 7:21 AM

obviously a suicide by cop, too sad. Im sure that there will be flack saying how a "crippled, wheel chair bound Black man" was gunned down for no reason and cops should have done something to both prevent the incident and to place him in custody without harming him even though his legs didn't work but obviously his arms did.

Leonard Mather @ 10/21/2015 8:55 AM

From the scene provided, Bam was near a vehicle while in his wheel chair. I would suggest using this video for training purposes so that it could emphasize "Suicide by cop" and resort to different methodology for a solution. If no other citizens were endangered, then maneuvering around the vehicle might have provided other forms of incapacitation to be considered.

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