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Baltimore Police Supervisor: ‘Walk In And Kill This Guy’

Baltimore Police Supervisor:  ‘Walk In And Kill This Guy’

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Body camera video captured a Baltimore SWAT supervisor ordering an officer to kill a man holding two children hostage with a knife. The footage offers an unusual window into how officers make a difficult decision to use lethal force.

The video captures a SWAT team sergeant outside the house where authorities had been unsuccessfully pleading for nearly an hour Friday for 39-year-old Reno Owens to release the 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl he was holding. The sergeant said the man, also clutching a 12-inch butcher knife, could kill the children at any time, and that nonlethal force wasn’t an option.

“I want you to be calm,” the sergeant tells SWAT Officer Zachary Wein. “I want you to be relaxed, and I want you to walk in there and kill this guy.”

Moments later, video shows Wein walking up the steps, exchanging a few words with Owens, who still refuses to cooperate, and then firing a single fatal shot. During the exchange, Owens can be heard saying, “I’d rather go out this way.”

Davis praised the officers for their “courage, bravery and grace under pressure,” and stressed such commands from SWAT supervisors are not uncommon in hostage cases involving “a deadly threat.” But seldom are such exchanges captured on camera.

You can watch the full press conference below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/-Z0WI3QYP-M”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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  • LegalBeagle

    I have never been a fan of negotiating any longer than necessary to get a good headshot on a hostage taker. If I ever held hostage and there is a failure to take a good shot when presented, I am going to be really unpleasant to the dullard who impeded doing the right thing.

  • Amish Al

    This happened in Harrisburg Pa some years ago, a guy was holding a knife to a kids throat, they talked to him, an officer approached and the guy slit the little boys throat,,

  • Katrina

    So glad the children were not physically harmed. Also hope everyone who needs emotional counselling has access to it. Hard situation. Bless these two men giving the press conference for their unending patience with the inane and redundant questions of the press.

  • Don Sturn

    A hard call made by a real leader. Professional response to a very dangerous and emotional situation. Well done.

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