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A Tennessee police officer’s body cam captured harrowing footage that showed just how police can find themselves in life or death situations.
Algood Police Officer Ashcari Valencia pulled over Floyd Cook, 62, on October 24 and within a matter of seconds faced a hail of bullets, according to WKRN-TV.
The ABC affiliate reported on what happened:
The video shows the officer ask Cook several questions, such as his name and what he was doing, before noticing his truck was in reverse.
Officer Ahscari Valencia is heard saying, “You got your car in reverse?” Cook nods his head to say yes.
“Why?” the officer asked.
And at that moment, Cook is seen raising a black handgun from inside the truck.
At least 10 shots were fired toward the officer, who first raised his hands in defense then took off running while alerting other officers.
Officer Valencia was struck once in the chest but thankfully only suffered minor injuries because of his bullet proof vest, WKRN-TV reported.
“The shot that came out of Cook’s gun hit him [Valencia] right in the chest, where his heart would have been,” said Algood Police Chief Gary Harris. “It was a .45. So if he hadn’t had that vest on, it would have probably killed him.”
Cook was able to evade capture for about a week, before being shot and killed after firing on police in Kentucky.
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