BODYCAM: Domestic Suspect Pulls Gun on Deputies

May 2, 2016

Oconee County (Ga.) officials have released dramatic new video that shows what led up to an intense encounter which ended in gunfire.

The suspect in the video survived the shooting and is recovering. But the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released the video late Friday to show that they were justified in using intense force.

It’s clear evidence of how fast a situation can escalated and become extremely dangerous.

The first minute of the video shows the deputies responding to a domestic violence call in which a woman had been injured. The deputies were walking through the home, in the dark, trying to approach the male suspect, who had locked himself in a room.

Deputies shot.

Investigators said the deputies had only seconds to react and after John Martin chambered a round and pointed a pistol at them. Martin survived and is now charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer along with several other offenses.

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