When the nice officer uncovers multiple felony warrants and politely tells you to step out of the car with your hands up, it’s probably a bad idea to go for your gun:
The dash-cam footage showing the dramatic moment when a Georgia police officer shot and killed a man wanted on numerous drug charges has been released by authorities.
Brent Andrew Brannon, 27, was wanted by police on eight felony charges, including trafficking in heroin, when he was shot and killed October 14 during a traffic stop by Emerson Police Officer Robert K. Smith in Emerson, Georgia.
Smith, 24, was working traffic enforcement on Interstate 75 when he stopped Brannon at 10.53am for a tag violation on a gold SUV traveling northbound, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton told the AJC.
As the officer approached the SUV for the first time, everything appears to seem normal in the dash-cam video.
‘Let me go check everything and I’ll be right back with you,’ Smith can be heard telling Brannon in the dash-cam video.
A driver’s license check of Brannon alerted Smith that the Columbus, Georgia resident should be considered armed and dangerous and is an escape risk.
It also revealed that he was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants for trafficking in heroin, sale of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a sawed off rifle, Dutton stated.
Smith requested backup to help facilitate Brannon’s arrest.
However, before help could arrive, Brannon became ‘non-compliant,’ Dutton stated.
Smith tried tasing the drug dealer, which failed, and then Brannon reached for a gun. Smith never dropped his taser, but drew his handgun and fired one-handed from perhaps six feet away.
I think I counted 14 rounds, which would seem to be pretty indicative that Brannon was very non-compliant.
Brannon was still alive for some time after being shot, and could clearly be heard moaning loudly for several minutes. This isn’t very surprising. Handgun rounds are inherently weak, and while they may eventually kill someone, even fatal hits outside the central nervous system often take 30 seconds or more to render a suspect unconscious via blood loss.