Arizona authorities have released body camera footage of the moment a police officer shot a terrorism suspect who was charging at him with a knife.
Ismail Hamed, 18, was arrested following the confrontation with a Maricopa County sergeant outside a sheriff’s substation in Fountain Hills on January 7.
Hamed, who was born in the US, has been described by police as a homegrown violent extremist in the process of ‘radicalizing’.
He was trying to ‘promote terror’ by harming the deputy in the ‘lone wolf’ attack, according to investigators.
At a press conference on Thursday, Sheriff Paul Penzone played the body camera video as well as audio from a 911 call Hamed placed minutes before he was shot.
During the call, Hamed asked to speak with MCSO officers and warned the 911 dispatcher that he was armed with rocks and knife.
‘I would like to do something in protest for the people suffering in Palestine and in the Middle East,’ he says.
‘I owe my allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.’