Athens, GA, police on Wednesday released body camera footage of an Oct. 5 incident in which an officer shot a man who appeared to lunge at him with a machete.
In the video, the officer, identified as Roger Williams, approaches 28-year-old Salvador Salazar and tells the man to take his hands out of his pockets. One of the man’s hands can be seen in the video, but the other appears to be holding something in the pocket.
About 40 seconds into the interaction, the man spins around and appears to lunge at the officer with a large blade.
The officer fires three rounds, striking the man in the mid-section as the suspect drops to the asphalt.
Salazar remains hospitalized in serious condition, Athens police spokesman Geof Gilland told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Salazar was charged with one count of aggravated assault against an officer, according to the GBI, which was brought in to investigate the incident.