10/07/2011

Video: Officer shoots teen who charges with knife

Pao Khang was told to get on the ground and drop his knife

By PoliceOne Staff

WOOD COUNTY, Wis. — A man who charged at a police officer last year while wielding a knife was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday.

Officer Rod Krakow of Wisconsin Rapids police was responding to a disturbance in August 2010 when he encountered a suspect who refused to drop his weapon.

In the video of the incident, Krakow is seen confronting then-16-year-old Pao Khang. Loudly and clearly, Krakow gives his orders.

"Get on the ground. Drop the knife," he says. He is heard repeating the command several times.

Krakow ordered one of two other officers who arrived on the scene to use a TASER on Khang when the teen charged at Krakow, according to the criminal complaint. Krakow shot Khang twice.

Khang, who is now 18, was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, all while using a dangerous weapon, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

A jury found him guilty in August, and his 5-year sentence is a compromise between recommendations from the prosecutor and Khang’s defense attorney. He is not eligible for early release programs, sources said.

"Fortunately, the officer was armed and able to defend himself," Wood County Circuit Judge Greg Potter said. "What would have happened if it was a regular person who was unarmed?"

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