MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police report read like a police television drama. Five Memphis police officers stared down the barrel of a loaded gun.
Police said Labaris Dale was sitting in his car on Oaklawn Street on Monday night when police realized his vehicle may have been connected to a call about shots fired earlier this month.
When officers walked up to the car, Dale allegedly ran away.
Neighbors told WREG officers caught Dale in front of a church.
Police documents revealed Dale pulled out a gun and told officers, “You’re going to have to kill me.”
While Dale’s statement could have easily become a reality since he pointed the gun at each officer, the report said police were able to grab the gun and slap cuffs on his wrists.
“You want quality officers that have the ability or will take the time to disarm somebody even though they have a weapon,” Michael Williams, President of the Memphis Police Association, said. “If they have the opportunity. Now, don’t get me wrong. If they didn’t have the opportunity, they would’ve shot that guy.”
Police were not aware they were up against a killer. Dale plead guilty to first degree murder in 2002.
Williams said officers are trained for situations like this, which happen more often that the general public is aware.
Dale is expected in court Wednesday morning.