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‘Just shoot me,’ an armed man told a cop. The officer didn’t — and was fired



The suspect whom police officer Stephen Mader confronted was visibly distraught, and his hands were behind his back. Following orders from Mader, the man showed his hands, revealing a handgun. The officer ordered him to drop the weapon.

“I can’t do that,” the man said, according to court documents. “Just shoot me.”

“Just shoot me,” he said a few more times.

Mader, who is white, didn’t, thinking deadly force was not necessary. He believed that the man, Ronald J. Williams, who is black, was a threat to himself but not to others.

Another officer shot and killed Williams, but Mader’s decision to not shoot would cost him his job as a police officer for the city of Weirton, W.Va., according to allegations in a federal lawsuit he filed last week against his former employer.

The complaint described Mader’s 2016 encounter with Williams and alleged that city officials wrongfully fired Mader. Williams wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” the complaint said — and the handgun he was carrying was not loaded.

Timothy O’Brien, Mader’s attorney, said what happened to his client is uncommon.

“It’s more ironic that we had many instances where an officer uses deadly force and nothing happens to them,” O’Brien told The Washington Post. “Here, we have an officer who uses restraint and he gets punished. Odd would be an understatement.”

Williams’s death and Mader’s subsequent firing come at a time when some police departments’ use of deadly force, particularly in interactions with black suspects, has come under fire.

The incident occurred May 6, 2016, when police received a call from Williams’s girlfriend, who said he’d threatened to kill himself with a knife. After finding out that an officer was on the way, Williams got his unloaded handgun from his car, saying he will get the officer to shoot him, according to the complaint.


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Five Hour Standoff Ends When Homeowner Climbs Up & Throws Suspect From Roof



A man, who was being pursued by police officers, took refuge on Wilford Burgess’s roof, evading police for nearly five hours and creating a standoff. Crisis negotiators arrived on the scene, trying to coax the man to come down. After several hours where authorities were unable to convince the man to leave the roof, Burgess decided to take action, with the entire incident caught on film.

The incident began at 6:34 am local time when law enforcement officials received a call some someone who said they were being followed. Once deputies arrived at the scene, a man was spotted jumping from one roof to the next, coming to a stop on top of Burgess’s home.

Wrenn said she was woken up at about 7:00 am local time when deputies began shouting: “We know where you are. We can see you.”

After being on Burgess’ roof for about an hour or so, Burgess said he felt it was time to try taking matters into his own hands. He decided to bring out a ladder and climb up there himself. “He’d been up there too long,” Burgess said. “I figured … if they can’t get him off, I can.”

Burgess’ grandaughter, Ashley Wrenn, captured the whole scene on video. She said she isn’t surprised her elderly grandfather did what he did.

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Missing Navy SEAL found alive and well



A man who was considered an at-risk missing person earlier this month has been located, according to the San Diego Police.

A citizen reportedly contacted authorities on Thursday to report that they knew Johnathan Surmont’s whereabouts.

The person said that Surmont was with them in the L.A. area during the time he was thought to be missing.

SDPD Missing Person Unit was able to confirm the information and are no longer attempting to locate the former Navy Seal.

He is no longer considered at-risk or missing.

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