06/25/2011

Video: Tenn. police release suicide-by-cop dashcam

Guy Ronald McDowell pointed pellet gun at cops after standoff

By Lydia X. McCoy
Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Knoxville police on Friday released video of what they say was a "suicide by cop" in which officers fired 40 rounds, striking the suspect with 13 of them.

The video from in-cruiser cameras shows that when a Knoxville police negotiator called 34-year-old Guy Ronald McDowell on his cellphone for a second time, McDowell abruptly stopped his car on Interstate 275, got out, pointed and racked what turned out to be a pellet gun at the officers.

Officers responded, shooting 40 times, and hitting McDowell a total of 13 times, said KPD Police Chief David Rausch.

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