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LaGrange, Georgia — LaGrange Police released body-camera video surrounding the events that led to the officer involved shooting which occurred during the early morning hours of September 28, 2021. The video released is the culmination of officers’ body and vehicle recordings that document each of the three separate contacts made with Ronald McCormick after a citizen reported an armed subject acting suspicious near Lafayette Square. The initial encounter was made on Greenville Street, east of the LaFayette square as a part of a consensual stop. Police officers confirmed that the subject was armed with a machete so an application of de-escalation techniques allowed for the officer to obtain the subject’s identity. In so far as no crime was determined to have occurred there was no legal basis to detain McCormick and he departed. Officers, a short time later, learned McCormick, had outstanding felony warrants (Bench Warrants for Battery, Cruelty to Children and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine). He was re contacted in the 100 block of Hill Street and directed to submit to an arrest for the outstanding warrants. He refused, taking immediate flight on foot. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit while establishing a perimeter. McCormick emerged from a yard between buildings at which time Corporal Horseman issued verbal commands in an attempt to take the suspect into custody. McCormick yelled, “I don’t give a F–k” and charged Corporal Horseman with the machete over his head in a threatening manner. Corporal Horseman fired his Taser which had no effect and then fired his pistol while backing away which struck McCormick in the abdomen and legs. He was taken into custody and immediately received medical aid from the officers on the scene until the arrival of EMS.
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