Do you want a straight-shooting sheriff who will give you a peek at what good and just law enforcement looks like?
Before we get to the video, let's set the scene. On August 30 in Melbourne, Florida, Brevard County Sheriff's deputies Brian Potters and Tyler Thoman approached a vehicle in a routine stop.
There were two individuals outside the vehicle, a dog and a 2-month-old baby in the car, and the perp in the backseat with a hidden AR-style short-barreled rifle. The perp had 23 felony charges, 17 misdemeanor charges, and two active pending drug trafficking cases, yet for some reason was still a free man.
This is a scene-by-scene analysis of what happened next by Sheriff Wayne Ivey (start at 5:38 if the video doesn't automatically jump to that point):
[Warning: Graphic Violence]
If you have time to watch the entire analysis, it is 100% worth watching:
Deputy Potters suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, broken face bones, a concussion, and lacerations.
After taking cover, neither he nor Deputy Thoman had any idea that the perp had circled around them to attack from behind. The attacker had no intention of running away – he was simply an animal out for blood.
After he got shot in the leg here...
...he immediately advanced and got the drop on the officers. His intent to murder them was clear.
The only reason Potters is still alive is that the perp's rifle jammed, forcing him to use it as a club.
Thoman was then able to circle around his cruiser and put the perp down with an entire magazine of bullets.
When talking about the number of bullets used, the sheriff had this to say:
Let there be no doubt, this individual got exactly what he deserved. And to those out there that might be foolish enough to ask why we shot him so many times, the answer is simple: evil can never be dead enough.
Yeah, he said that.
And while the loss of any life is tragic, he's not wrong.
The sheriff also had this to say:
"As you can clearly see in the video, both of our deputies were in a battle for their lives as this disgusting and evil individual had a blatant disregard for their lives, the lives of others at the scene, and the life of a 2-month-old baby in the car," Ivey said. "When I tell you, we are blessed that God was watching over our deputies and those present at the scene, I mean it from the bottom of my heart."
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