The man with the knife turned toward the two police officers, shouting “Kill me. Kill me. You’re going to have to kill me.”
He could have charged at them or thrown the knife. But they were trying to save his life while also saving their own and did not fire their guns.
After running across a busy San Fernando Valley street and attempting to scale a wall, the man crossed the street again. Officer Heather Monroe shot him with a Taser and he dropped the knife.
Monroe and her partner Officer Joel Trask were among 27 officers who received awards for bravery, restraint or being wounded in the line of duty.
Monroe’s father, Greg, accepted her Preservation of Life award. She died in an off-duty car accident on New Year’s Day at age 30, the Los Angeles Times reports.