Raleigh police body-worn cameras show the moments a man who shot by an officer on May 19 after he refused to drop what later was revealed to be an airsoft gun.
The shooting happened in the 5200 block of Falls of Neuse Road around 9:30 a.m. after authorities responded to reports of a medical situation involving Michael Anthony Hendricks Jr.
Upon arrival, authorities say they found Hendricks sitting on the floor of his apartment near a cardboard box.
A 911 call stated that Hendricks was a veteran having a flashback and armed with a knife.
“There’s a man in a corridor with a knife,” the caller said. “He’s a vet. He’s having a flashback.”
But Raleigh police said they have not been able to locate any records showing Hendricks served in the military.
According to a release from the Raleigh Police Department, Hendricks threatened to attack personnel trying to assist him if they did not back off. Hendricks’ roommate was present at the time and warned fire personnel that Hendricks possessed a gun and kept it in a box beside him.
Police said Hendricks began rummaging through the box soon after.
Police said when Hendricks walked toward Officer C.T. Melochick with a gun in his hand, Melochick got behind his patrol car and told him to drop it.
“He’s got a gun, he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun,” Melochick can be heard saying on body camera footage.
He then orders Hendricks twice to drop the weapon.
When Hendricks didn’t listen, police said Melochick fired one shot, hitting him in the abdomen, according to an initial report.
Later, investigators said the weapon found at the scene was an “Airsoft gun which had been modified to remove its orange safety tip,” the report said.
Officers approached Hendricks and took him into custody before advising EMS that it was safe to transport him to the hospital.
Raleigh police’s report said Melochick was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting. His dash camera was operating and captured part of the incident.
The dash camera of the second officer to arrive on the scene captured the incident as well.
The City of Raleigh filed a petition in Superior Court to have footage of the incident released to the public.
Melochick has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy pending the completion of the investigation.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent criminal investigation of the shooting and will present those findings to the Wake County district attorney after that is complete.
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