Harlson County, Ga. , It may have a sad ending, instead, a Georgia sheriff talks about a distraught man taking his own life by the police.
Harrelson County Sheriff Stacey Williams said she knew he was in critical condition, but that he had to do something to help a distraught young man.
“Sometimes the Good Lord puts you in the right place at the right time,” said Sheriff Williams.
The call turned out to be a domestic call. Investigators said when they responded they found a man waving a gun. Deputies said the man told them he had nothing to live for and wanted them to shoot him.
Sheriff Williams said, “He was clearly going through a traumatic experience that he wanted to harm himself or wanted us to harm him.”
Sheriff Williams said he knew first and foremost that he had to persuade the man to put down his gun.
“If he had pointed a gun at me it would have gotten worse very quickly,” Sheriff Williams said.
After much talking the man finally put down the gun. Sheriff Williams did not know whether the man had any other weapons, but the sheriff ran up to him and knelt by his side.
On body camera video, the sheriff is heard comforting the man.
“We don’t want to shoot you, we’re here to help you, okay? We’re here to help you son”.
Sheriff Williams said, “The kid was facing a really bad problem, I felt terrible for him. Just want to make you cry.”
Sheriff Williams had never met the 21-year-old before, but he could tell he was going through a lot. He said he was glad he was there to help.
“We’re in law enforcement, we’re human like everyone else. We have kids, we live in community. We have compassion like anyone else does and when something like this happens, that’s what you do,” Sheriff Williams he said.
Sheriff Williams said he has since examined the young man. He said he is getting the help he needs and is doing well.
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