(Memphis) Memphis police say a man charged at them and didn’t follow their instructions before an officer shot and killed Daniel Brock.
Officer Manuel Saldana ended the ordeal with a single gunshot.
“As I stood up out of the car I heard one gunshot,” said a man staying at the Red Roof Inn who didn’t want to be identified. “We counted 37 police cars.”
Police say the man the officer shot was an enraged, out of control driver.
They say he followed another driver for four miles and at a stop light even banged on and spit on that driver’s window, making threats to kill him.
Police say the victim came to the Appling Farms Precinct for help and the reckless driver followed him, sped around the parking lot and took off to I-40.
That’s when police say he got into a wreck and instead of complying with police when they got there, he continued to act crazy.
“He charged at a police car supposedly and then he charged at another police officer,”
said Mike Williams, director of the Memphis Police Association. “Do normal people do that? No they don’t.”
Williams says it’s a sad day anytime someone dies but believes the man gave the officer no choice.
“Do you know someone who could run 20 some feet in a manner of seconds and stab you?” asked Willams. “So when do you identify the fact that they are trying to harm you or harm someone else? After they stab you? After they shoot you?”
Police haven’t said yet whether they found a weapon on the driver or in his car.
The officer who shot and killed him is on paid leave as Internal Affairs investigates what happened.
This is the fourth person Memphis police have shot and killed this year.
If you are stopped by police, it is recommended you stay in your vehicle, keep your hands on the steering wheel and tell the officer what you are doing before moving.
Traffic stops are often the most dangerous time for an officer and they are trained to protect themselves first.
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