OGDEN, Utah — Police have released video footage from an officer's body-worn camera during an incident last week when an assault suspect got hold of another officer's gun while being taken into custody.
The video (seen above) shows one officer with the Ogden Police Department chasing 29-year-old Dana L. Smith on foot after it was reported that he punched a pregnant woman in the face near 3500 Wall Avenue. The alleged assault occurred Sunday, May 29, shortly before 8 a.m.
After the suspect stops running, the video shows the interaction between him and the officer. Multiple times, he says to the officer: "Just shoot me." He tells the officer he's suicidal, and the officer tells him they can take him to a hospital.
Eventually, another officer arrives and tackles Smith. While the first officer tries to put him in handcuffs, Smith allegedly grabs the second officer's gun and says he is going to kill himself. The officers order him to let go of it, and at one point, a single shot goes off.
Ogden Police said nobody was hit by the gunshot, and the man allegedly got the officer's gun out of the holster, the officer was able to keep enough control of the suspect's arm and the gun to prevent the man from shooting himself or either of the officers.
Using a taser, the officers were eventually able to detain Smith in handcuffs. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, then booked in jail on multiple charges including assault on a police officer, disarming a police officer, and discharging a firearm.
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