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Newly released body camera footage shows the “harrowing” moment a Welsh man armed with a pair of kitchen knives was tased after he charged at police officers. Gwent Police Department released the footage Tuesday after 36-year-old Tony Buttigieg was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to stab a police constable.


The Wichita Police Department released videos during a press conference on April 12, 2018. District Attorney Marc Bennett said the Wichita police officer who fired the shot that killed Andrew Finch after a swatting call will not face charges.

The Wichita police officer who fired the shot that killed Andrew Finch after a swatting call will not face charges, District Attorney Marc Bennett said Thursday.

Bennett said he had to make a determination based on Kansas law and law handed down by the Supreme Court, which says that when determining if an officer acted reasonably, evidence has to be reviewed based on what the officer knew at the time of the shooting, not 20/20 hindsight, he said.


The video posted to the popular image-sharing app shows a man holding a red plastic cup and smoking before he fires multiple shots into the street. The man, who has the username ‘DabDaddyDono’, wrote ‘Gang gang who want smoke?’ on the video. ‘The exact location of the shooting has not been determined at this time and it is believed to have occurred the last week of March or first week of April,’ police said in a statement. However, police believe the incident took place in northwest Houston as the suspect tagged his location on a picture posted shortly before the shooting video. They hope releasing the video to the public will help them catch the man. It appears police got a hold of several of the suspect’s posts, as they have also released a photo of him posing with his friends from the same night (bottom right).


A split-second decision to slap an inmate’s food tray out of his hands will cost a Denver sheriff’s deputy 30 days of pay. Darrell Jordan, a veteran of the department since 1996, will begin his 30-day suspension on April 25. The incident from Nov. 9 was captured on jail video. It shows Jordan pushing the tray out of the inmate’s hands, causing food to spill on the inmate and the cafeteria floor. It started after Jordan told the inmate he grabbed the wrong coffee cup in the breakfast line.


Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina have released body camera footage of the shocking moment a pregnant hostage ducked for dear life as officers shot the gunman holding her captive.

Terrifying moment a pregnant woman cradling her stomach dives for cover as police shoot the gun-wielding man holding her hostage
Police released bodycam footage that shows Johnathan Autry, 28, holding a pregnant woman hostage in Charlotte, North Carolina in September
He broke into the woman’s home and held her at gunpoint when police arrived
Videos show the woman cradling her stomach as she repeatedly told the officers: ‘I’m pregnant!’
Woman could be seen dropping to the ground and frantically crawling to safety when police opened fire
Autry survived the shooting and remains in Mecklenburg County Jail

Police have released bodycam footage of the terrifying moment a pregnant woman dove for cover as officers shot the man who had been holding her hostage at gunpoint.

The videos show Johnathan Autry, 28, holding the woman hostage in Charlotte, North Carolina in September after he broke into her home late at night.

Multiple officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to the home invasion call and could be heard shouting at Autry to drop his gun.

The woman, who was dressed in a blue shirt and could be seen cradling her stomach, begged officers for help and repeatedly said: ‘I’m pregnant!’

After a tense standoff, the officers seemed to notice the woman was momentarily free of Autry’s grip and yelled for her to get out of the way.

She dropped to the ground as gunfire rang out and frantically crawled to safety.

The woman could be heard screaming in the background as the officers surrounded the wounded hostage-taker.

Autry survived the shooting and has been in Mecklenburg County Jail ever since.

He is charged with multiple offenses including kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers who fired their weapons were all placed on administrative leave, but they were all found to have acted lawfully by the District Attorney.

Police released all three bodycam videos that captured the shooting on Wednesday.

Authorities said at the time that the home invasion was not random because Autry had mentioned the victim’s husband by name.

The husband wasn’t home at the time, just the woman and a child.

The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated as a precaution.


The wife of U.S. Rep. Darren Soto was arrested at Disney Springs on Sunday on a charge of disorderly intoxication.

Amanda Soto, 33, of Celebration, was with her mother at the West Side bus loop when Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Heller saw her “holding … her mother by the straps of the backpack she was wearing in an attempt to keep her from walking away,” according to the arrest report.

A security guard later told Heller that Soto and her mother had become “aggressive” toward each other.

Heller, who said both Soto and her mother appeared intoxicated, helped them call an Uber vehicle to take them home but Soto began yelling profanities at Heller and the driver.

Soto was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, where “she began banging [her] head against the window in what appeared to be an attempt to harm herself. Amanda was further restrained for her safety,” Heller stated.

She was booked into jail at 10:44 Sunday night, according to the jail’s online database, and was later freed on bond. The charge against her is a second-degree misdemeanor.

“It should be noted that I attempted to calm Amanda numerous times from her agitated state and that even while attempting to speak with her she continued to utter that her husband is a congressman, therefore, she can do whatever she wants,” Heller stated in the report.

In a statement, Darren Soto said his wife has been treated for depression for years and recently stopped taking medication “in accordance with her treatment plan and under her doctor’s [supervision].’’

“Yesterday, she drank too much and reached an argumentative state with a family member, which led to arrest,’’ Soto said. “She deeply regrets her actions and takes full responsibility for them. Amanda and her physician will be reviewing her mental health treatment, immediately.’’


A 22-year-old Pizza Hut driver received a prank order before she was shot at by two suspects near the home she attempted to deliver to on Tuesday. The horrific incident happened in Magnolia, Texas, just before 2pm, police say. Authorities released dash cam footage from the victim’s vehicle. She had been driving from a home where she had attempted to make a delivery but was told by the resident they hadn’t placed an order. hen two suspects, who she said tried to rob her, got out of the SUV.


A bipolar Brooklyn man waving a metal object at passersby was fatally shot by police Wednesday when cops responding to 911 calls for a man with a gun said he “took a two-handed shooting stance” and pointed at them.

The man, identified by family members as Saheed Vassell, 34, was a father of a teenage boy who worked as a welder.

Police said they were responding to three 911 calls that came in around 4:40 p.m. about a black man wearing a brown jacket waving what people thought was a silver gun on the corner of Utica Ave. and Montgomery St., NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said at a press conference


BEDFORD, Ohio – A principal at Education Alternatives in Bedford, Ohio is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student at the school, who was 17 at the time.

“He says the relationship started when they were upstairs in the gym alone, that she kissed him on the mouth,” said Bedford Police Deputy Chief Rick Suts. “Since then, there had been numerous encounters in her van.”

The teenager told police that his relationship with Courtney Alfred continued for months.

Police said the former student came to them last week. Suts said the school knew about the alleged relationship but after their own investigation said the allegations were not credible. Bedford police disagree.

“He’s saying that he took video of them having sex and in that encounter, you see a tattoo. We got a search warrant to see her tattoo, that tattoo matches the one on the video,” added Suts.

Police said there were also text messages and that money was transferred from Alfred to the teenager. Police said the teen told them it was to keep him from telling her husband.


In a video posted in January 2017, she says YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content. In the video, Aghdam says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being “filtered” by the company, it received far fewer views.

In one online rant, she complained that YouTube censored her content by imposing an age restriction on one of her workout videos because they were too racy. She says the company failed to do the same thing for stars like Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, whose videos, she says, are inappropriate for children.

In a Facebook post from February 2017, Aghdam blasted YouTube saying, “There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube.”


A duo of grimly determined New Jersey cops were so certain that a man was in possession of marijuana that they went on a lengthy and energetic roadside expedition into his anus to find some.

They were disappointed when they discovered the man’s anus was empty, but they placed the man under arrest anyway, for having “the odor of marijuana.” In the video, the suspect expresses his disbelief at what’s happening in a performance worthy of Jeff Spicoli


Shocking footage has captured the moment when a white man – who had been denied mental health treatment – attacked a Muslim teenager at an emergency room desk in Michigan. Surveillance video shows the 19-year-old, who was wearing a dark blue hijab, approach the desk at Beaumont Hospital Dearborn and speak to the woman working there on February 10 around 3.30am. She had slipped on ice and feared she’d broken her jaw. Moments later, a disheveled man is seen approaching the teenager and pummeling her three times with his fist (left and right) before hospital staff and security are able to intervene. The man, identified by police as 57-year-old John Salvatore Deli (inset), was arrested and charged with assault. The victim is now suing Beaumont Dearborn, and seeking $25,000 in damages, saying that hospital staff were not paying enough attention to the man. Her attorney, Majed Moughini, told CBS News that Deliz admitted to hospital staff that he had escaped from a group home and was not taking medications for diagnosed bipolar disorder and schizophrenia but he was discharged into the ER waiting room.


Brooklyn, Ohio — A man accused of dragging a Brooklyn police officer with his car following a traffic stop Thursday has been arrested, authorities said. Jose A. Camacho was arrested by Cleveland police about 9:30 p.m., Brooklyn police said in a news release. Camacho, 33, was wanted for assault after he drove away from a traffic stop on Ridge Road near Hammond Avenue while the officer was trapped inside the driver’s side of the vehicle, police said. Officials did not provide additional details about the incident. The officer was taken to MetroHealth Hospital for a dislocated shoulder. He was later released.


Earlier this month, police responded to an incident involving a man beating a woman at a home on Corona Drive, near SE 89th and S. Santa Fe Avenue.

A woman told dispatchers that Jonathan Boyd became angry and assaulted her. According to the affidavit, the victim was left with bruises on her face and scratches on her neck and chest.

When police arrived at the scene, Boyd wasn’t at the home, but they were able to talk to the alleged victim.

“He’s going to make ya’ll shoot him,” she said.

Boyd was ultimately found in the backyard of a home across the street.

“They went into the backyard to the residence across the street and they located the suspect,” Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews said.

In the body camera footage released on Thursday, you can hear an officer telling Boyd to come to them. At that point, they realized he was armed.

Investigators say Boyd was ignoring commands to drop his weapon and was approaching police with a knife.

Authorities say Boyd continued to advance toward them, which is when he was shot.

Boyd was treated at a hospital for his injuries and released. He is charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.


Twenty-two people were injured when a 16-year-old boy went on a stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania high school early Wednesday, leaving five students in critical condition, authorities said.

Sophomore Alex Hribal allegedly brandished two large knives in the bloody attack as he darted between several classrooms and down a hallway at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville — a typically peaceful community about 18 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Twenty-one students and an adult security guard were wounded, officials said.

Witnesses said the boy, who was wearing a “blank expression” on his face, first tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly before getting up and running wildly down the hall, slashing other students.

One boy suffered a pierced liver after being thrust with one of the 8-to-10-inch knives, narrowly missing his heart and aorta, doctors said.

The teen was finally tackled by an assistant principal and a security guard, who were able to subdue him until police arrived.

Hribal was charged Wednesday night as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.


An attempt to rescue a missing teenager ended with a Gwinnett County minister and his family fighting with police. Wilmer Cruz, 38, his wife Cristina Cruz and their 17-year-old son Wilmer Cruz Jr. each face charges of obstruction, aggravated assault of an officer and interference with custody, according to jail records. A 16-year-old son, who was not identified, was arrested and charged as a juvenile. The entire fight was caught on police body cameras and cellphones Sunday afternoon in the Iglesia Cristiana Evangelica church parking lot.


Michael Maldonado, 25, allegedly escaped from Porter County authorities shortly after 11am on Monday just moments after officers had parked in the garage of the Porter County Jail. Surveillance footage shows two police vehicle pulling into the garage and parking. The officers are seen getting out of the vehicle and walking toward an exit as the garage door begins to close. A closer look inside one of the police cars, Maldonado is seen moving around and climbing into the driver’s seat of the patrol car. He then opens the driver’s door and makes a beeline to the opening in the garage door. According to Portage Police, Maldonado was initially taken into custody on charges of resisting law enforcement, resisting law enforcement with injury and possession of a hypodermic needle stemming from a traffic stop in Portage. Police announced they had recaptured Maldonado late on Tuesday night.


A Utah High Patrolman was hospitalized after a sliding car hit him from behind in Sardine Canyon. After he was hit, several passersby stopped to render aid to the trooper and called for help, including the driver who hit him. The video shows the car that hit him continue to slide forward in the slush, bump another car and spin around, at one point facing oncoming traffic. Brenchley said he holds “no ill will” toward the driver who hit him.


NYPD are searching for a man who randomly assaulted two women within five minutes on Friday. Shocking video of the incident shows the unidentified man grabbing a 17-year-old woman and throwing her on the ground before running away near the Tribuzio Meat Market in Brooklyn. And just five minutes later, the same man exposed himself to a 31-year-old woman at a bus stop near the market. When the victim tried to run away, the man pulled down his pants a second time and punched her in the face, causing a laceration to her lip, according to police. The attacker has been described as a black man, around 30 to 40 years old and five-foot-nine. He was last seen wearing black pants, a black hooded jacket, black sneakers and a black skull cap. Police are asking that anyone with information on the subject contact them at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).