Here's gist: An unarmed man attacks Johnson City, NY, police officer Dave Smith when Officer Smith is still in his a police car. This guy, Clark, gets control of the officer's gun and kills the cop. Then the killer gets shot six times by another cop. Then, after being shot six times by another cop, the killer fights that second cop, who shoots him two more times. Now, after being hit by eight .40-caliber rounds, the cop killer grabs the second's cops gun, rendering it inoperable after another bullet flies into a church parking lot. Two civilians help the cop and three of them manage, with difficulty, to handcuff Clark. Clark fought and ranted all the way to the hospital.
From the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin:
When [Officer} Smith arrived, witnesses said, Clark rushed out to the police cruiser, approaching it from behind. It was unclear who opened the door, but Clark began fighting with Smith as soon as the patrolman exited his vehicle, witnesses said.Had Officer Smith managed to maintain control of his gun and had he shot and killed Clark, would the headlines have said, "Cop Kills Unarmed Man"? This is pretty similar to what happened to Darren Wilson, except, according to Wilson's testimony, Wilson managed to retake control of his gun and shoot the suspect. Officer Smith, rest in peace, wasn't so lucky. He was killed by an unarmed man.
One witness told police Smith was still sitting in the car and just starting to get out when Clark punched him in the head. Smith tried to push the door open in an attempt to get out, and the two began to struggle.
Within seconds, Clark was on top of Smith, holding his service weapon.
"I saw the man practically inside the cop car driver's door — on top of the cop," a witness who was leaving work nearby about 7 a.m. that morning wrote in a deposition. "It looked like he was punching and swinging at the cop."
[Officer] Smith weighed 205 pounds and was 6 feet 2 inches tall, according to reports, while Clark weighed 225 pounds and stood 5 feet 10 inches.
Clark fired two shots at [Officer] Smith's head, killing him instantly.
Once Officer Cioci could take a clear shot, he fired 10 shots at Clark, striking him six times in the torso, leg and face.
Clark fell to the ground. Then he climbed back to his knees, ranting.
When [Officer] Cioci approached Clark, [Clark] grabbed the officer by the leg and pulled him face-down to the pavement where the two began to wrestle.
Clark climbed onto Cioci's back, reaching around to his front in an attempt to grab the service weapon, police reports state. The officer pushed himself off the ground with one arm while using the other to fire at Clark, striking him a seventh and eighth time, both in the torso.
After he was struck the eighth time, reports state, Clark inserted a finger into the trigger guard of Cioci's weapon, sending a bullet into a nearby church parking lot but rendering the gun inoperable because his hold of the weapon interfered with the recoil action.
"It took all three people to handcuff Clark, who was still fighting, eyes open and ranting the entire time." [Even as he went into the ER.]
The entire incident took place in less than five minutes, according to police reports.
In a great understatement, Chief Zikuski added that Clark's behavior "after being hit by eight shots from a .40-caliber weapon is also unusual."