Authorities have released bodycam video that showed a fugitive pulling a gun on deputies during a traffic stop, before they fatally shot him (video below).
The incident occurred at about 4:41 p.m. on Aug. 31 on Highway 85 after Douglas County deputies pulled over a black truck for making an unsafe turn, KKTV reported.
There were four people inside the truck, and after making the traffic stop, deputies learned that the female driver was under a protective order that prohibited her from having contact with the male suspect.
The deputies thought one of the men in the backseat fit the description of the male suspect the driver was prohibited from contacting, and so they began questioning him.
When deputies asked the suspect, 61-year-old Paul Askins, of Colorado Springs, for his legal name, he became belligerent and refused to give it to them, KKTV reported.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released two bodycam videos and a dashcam video that showed just how quickly the incident escalated from a traffic stop to a deadly situation.
“Sir, can I have you step out of the vehicle?” the deputy closest to the truck asked in the video.
The video (see below) showed Askins took his time complying with the deputy’s command, and first peeked out the window with something in his hand. Then everything moved very quickly.
Bodycam video from the deputy who was closest to the truck showed that when Askins opened the door of the vehicle with his left hand, he was holding a pistol in his right hand.
“Don’t even move. Don’t move! Don’t move!” the deputy yelled at the gun-wielding man.
The video showed Askins raised his pistol and pointed it at the deputy.
Gunfire erupted a split second later as the deputy opened fire on Askins, fatally shooting him.
The bodycam from the second deputy showed the deputy closest to the truck backing up quickly and stumbling, ending up on his back on the ground.
However, he continued to shoot at Askins as he lay on his back, the video showed.
The video showed all three deputies opening fire on Askins as a woman screamed in the background.
None of the deputies were injured in the altercation, according to the Denver Post.
At the time of the shooting, Askins was wanted on two active warrants out of El Paso County. He was wanted for second-degree burglary of a building and also for failure to appear, according to KKTV.
However, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sergeant Jeff Miller said it turned out that Askins was not the man who had a restraining order against the driver, the Denver Post reported.
Initially, the sheriff’s department believed Askins had shot at the deputies, but further investigation showed he had not fired his weapon, Sgt. Miller told reporters at a press briefing on Monday.
The sheriff’s department has not released the names of the three deputies involved in the incident, but told KKTV that the investigation was ongoing.
They say that the city’s proposed consent decree doesn’t go far enough.
“The proposed consent decree released by the city and the office of the attorney general falls far short of what’s required in order to end the reign of lawlessness and brutality that we’ve endured under this police department,” Jonathan Projansky, of the race supremacist and domestic terror grous, Black Lives Matter Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.
Members of the domestic terror group Black Lives Matter, the Marxist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a number of attorneys gathered in front of the mayor’s office in city hall on Tuesday to protest the draft agreement.
The Communist activist groups want the Chicago Police Department to implement a policy that tells officers to use the “least intrusive response appropriate under the circumstances as reasonably understood by the officer at the time” in dealing with minor offenses, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In their proposed version of the agreement, officers would be encouraged to give warnings or divert people to “mediation or public health program(s)” rather making arrests and writing them tickets.
And they want officers to have to seek approval from a supervisor before making an arrest for a host of crimes from gambling and prostitution to obstructing, resisting, or assaulting a police officer, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In an attempt to increase the blood bath in Chicago, the ACLU and Black Lives Matter want officers to have to write a report every time they point a Taser or a gun at a person, or any time they even draw their weapons.
This particular issue has been a sticking point during negotiations as the state attorney general’s office demanded all those incidents be reported and Chicago city officials pushed back, citing the amount of time required that would keep officer away from street patrol.
The Communist groups have also demanded that the Chicago PD enact a foot pursuit policy. The draft of the consent decree would allow the creation of that policy but does not require it, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The proposed agreement included changes to the protocol for handling people dealing with mental health issues, but the Communist groups weren’t satisfied with what the draft included.
They want certified crisis intervention officers to respond to every call involving a mentally unstable suspect, and they also wanted the consent decree to create a “behavior health unit” that would allow citizens to intervene in incidents and would divert mentally ill suspects from the criminal justice system, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The creation of the proposed consent decree, which is still a work in progress, was sparked by the outrage that followed the release of video of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting teenager Laquan McDonald.
The video sparked protests and a U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) report of Chicago PD claimed officers had engaged in “brutality and misconduct” without fear of consequences, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Officer Van Dyke is scheduled for trial on murder charges in September.
Initially, the Chicago mayor supported the idea of the consent decree, but then pulled back after the Trump administration showed no interest in federal micromanagement of local police agencies, according to the Chicago Tribune.
However, Emanuel agreed to negotiate after the Illinois attorney general sued to force the issue even if the DoJ wasn’t going to follow through.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has called the consent decree a “war on the police” and argued that Madigan’s lawsuit wasn’t legal, the Chicago Tribune reported. They have sought relief in the matter but a judge has not yet ruled on their request.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 18th, 2018