Police bodycam footage from a violent assault on police in Fargo, North Dakota, was reportedly made public on Thursday.
It shows the difficult position one officer faced before heroically killing the perpetrator.
On Thursday, Fargo Police Department Chief David Zibolski and North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley convened a news conference to review surveillance and body camera video evidence of the police-involved shooting in Fargo.
On that day, while responding to a collision, officers Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes were among the three individuals wounded when Mohamad Barakat, 37, shot and killed Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin.
Karlee Koswick, a spectator who made an attempt to leave the area, was also hurt there.
In addition to being present when gunfire broke out, Officer Zach Robinson is credited with averting a much more serious assault by shooting and killing Barakat.
Police are seen responding to a traffic accident in the bodycam video taken from Robinson’s perspective. In the footage, rapid gunshots can be heard, and numerous people can be seen scurrying for shelter.
After incapacitating the perpetrator police approached the gray car, which had legs sticking out of the front on the passenger side, horizontally.
When Robinson repeatedly commanded Barakat to stop moving and raise his hands, Barakat was seen doing both, after which Barakat was shot and killed.
A firearm could be seen close to Barakat’s body as he continued to roll on his back.
After the incident, police searched Barakat’s car and discovered many weapons, 1,800 rounds of ammunition, a handmade grenade, and explosives. It is believed Barakat was planning to carry out a mass casualty event with the arsenal.
Police had at least twice recently visited the suspect’s home because they were worried about his weaponry, which they claimed to have obtained legally, according to the authorities.
As a Syrian citizen who had applied for asylum, Barakat arrived in the United States in 2012. He got an American citizen in 2019, according to Wrigley.