[VIDEO] This Is How Quickly Things Can Change: Man Pulls Gun On Officer, Officer Fires, Ruled Self-Defense Thanks To Body Cam



Police released video (above) of the altercation between officers and a man, 47-year-old James D. Bushey, outside a restaurant in Palestine that occurred on May 31st 2015.

The body camera video shows Sergeant Gabriel Green and Officer Kaylynn Griffin walking into an Applebee’s restaurant in search of a suspect in a theft case. When they find Bushey, who fit the description of the person they were looking for, they walked him outside to talk.

When they get outside, Officer Griffin asks Bushey for ID. In the video, we can clearly see Bushey put his hand in his pocket and produce a firearm. As soon as police see the firearm, they open fire on him, sending him to the ground.

It was later determined that the firearm was actually a BB gun. The question remains; Why did Bushey have –and draw– the firearm in the first place?

It’s likely something that we will never know, but this video shows us just how quickly things can change. It’s a tragic reminder to the importance of situational awareness.

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  • Redline

    Suicide by cop. Been around awhile now, but with the PD in the crosshairs of the media, I’m sure you’ll see more of it.

    • Chrissums

      Suicide or not, one less nut bag sharing a restaurant with me.

    • Pat

      Yup just said that. Only thing that makes sense, it’s sad really. I bet when they look into this after the fact they’ll find out he was bankrupt, PTSD, something that made him think this was the only way out.

  • Eugene

    I’m not faulting the shoot. However, what I don’t understand is why the officers didn’t put him down and frisk him in the bathroom. BTW, that’s a perfect demonstration of shooting till the threat is eliminated.

  • Tammy Thomas

    I don’t care what kind of gun you pull. You pulled a GUN!

  • kratos13

    and the dude was wearing a “THE WALKING DEAD” ball cap……irony much?

  • Gunnr

    Even though this was a good shoot being there were 2 officers both of them taking 2 shots to the center mass and assessing the situation would have been safer for any and all innocent people in the area. 2 to 4 hits center mass will stop the threat and having 2 good guys with guns he would have been no threat at that point. I hope these police start training to do that as the media will eat up a story that has a bad guy shot 15 to 20 times and try to prosecute these officers in the court of public opinion. Good job officers…

    • Redline

      Second guess the viability of the threat in the middle of a firefight is a good way to die. On the ground, not moving and unarmed is controlled.
      Center mass is just that, trust me. Seen many an individual shot center mass survive, and enough to return fire. Center mass does not always equate to a fatal or incapacitating shot.

      • Gunnr

        Brother I’m not disagreeing with you at all but 4 good hits to the upper body WILL stop damn near everybody. Then you take a breath and reassess, shoot again if needed. You know the freaking media is going to have a field day with this video. These officers did what had to be done but what has the liberals “firing back” is how many shots were fired. They find any and every reason to make good police look bad.

        • Redline

          You make good points….to be honest, the libs would have preferred 2 dead cops and the perpetrator to surrender with his lawyer in front of a huge media presence.

  • Rodney Campbell

    Let’s see you have someone you suspect of being a thief & you have him safely cornered by 2 officers in the bathroom. The police decide to take him through the restaurant full of people with the first officer turning his back to him. Once outside the second officer is now in front & to the side of him. Shoot may have been good but the rest of it was horrible either retrain these two or get rid of them.

  • Rick O’Brien

    That many rounds fired and NO blood…the muzzle flash of the officers weapon doesn’t look real…BLANKS…I would say that this is nothing but a training video, probably re-enacted from a real life situation.

    • Chris

      Actually you can clearly see blood and exit wounds on the back of the suspects shirt when he’s down. Clearly. And they weren’t there earlier in the video.

  • Governor1

    The article reads that as soon as police see firearm they open fire. That is incorrect as you can see in video. The officer fired once Bushey turned the gun towards the officer.

    • Redline

      Don’t count on the media to get the facts right when there is the ability to sensationalize the story. Especially if it puts cops in a bad light

  • Roger Baack

    I hope that none of those folks bad mouthing what did police officers did, have a relatives on city, state or federal police agencies. I hope you never encounter this type of situation, he pulled a weapon and they responded through training and they get to go home to their families.

  • Paul Sobotka

    Shots were not fired until the suspect turned to the Officers

  • Pat

    This had to be suicide by cop.