Ohio police officer refuses to shoot murder suspect during confrontation caught on camera

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Police Officer Refuses to Shoot Suspect During Confrontation


NEW RICHMOND, Ohio -- A police officer in New Richmond, Ohio is being praised for holding fire as a murder suspect charged at him last week.

That suspect repeatedly shouted "shoot me" as he ran towards the officer and the entire confrontation was caught on the officer's body camera Thursday.

Officer Jesse Kidder followed the vehicle of a man wanted for killing his girlfriend. Dispatchers warned Kidder the suspect, Michael Wilcox, 27, may threaten suicide by cop and he also may have a gun under his seat.

Kidder soon stopped the vehicle.

The video shows the suspect charging the cop asking to be shot and Kidder backpedaled away from Wilcox, as he continued to shout "shoot me."

Kidder even lost his balance and fell to the ground and Wilcox continued to run at him. Kidder eventually got Wilcox to surrender and lay on the ground before another officer arrived on the scene.

Kidder says a relative gave him the body camera after the deadly officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last summer.

Officers arrested Wilcox, who has been charged with murdering 25-year-old Courtney Fowler and is being held on a $2 million dollar bond.

He is also a person of interest in another murder in Kentucky.

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