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The above video is very instructive. You would think a drawn gun would stop someone with a knife, but some people want to die (“suicide by cop”) or are just plain nuts. [An armed citizen may encounter such a situation — I did several years ago when a crazy Muslim guy kept advancing toward my drawn gun (he only stopped when I stopped retreating and improved my demeanor by appearing more aggressive).]

Standard training calls for two shots, center-of-mass — you can see why, since the single shot to the abdomen did not slow the guy down at all. This officer’s effort to maintain control yet save this man’s life is nothing short of heroic and perhaps one day the knife-wielder will appreciate that:

The dramatic body cam footage reveals Aleman, 46, demanded to be shot multiple times and waved a large knife while staggering around I-75.After being stopped for walking on southbound I-75, Aleman grew confrontational when Hilling tried to pat him down, and Hilling shot Aleman once in the abdomen. The video shows Aleman refusing to comply with Hilling’s orders for several minutes before being dispatched with a Taser.

Source: Josh Hilling, Javier Pablo Aleman video: No charges for officer who shot knife-wielding man on I-75 – Story

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