'Put The Knife Down Please Ma'am' Bodycam Shows Shooting Of Knife-Wielding Woman

Athens-Clark County Police Officer Lamar Glenn opened fire on Bonny Thomas after she charged at him with a knife.

Athens, GA – Police released bodycam footage of a woman wielding a carving knife who charged at a police officer responding to a 911 call (video below).

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on Oct. 14 after Athens-Clark County Police Officer Lamar Glenn responded to an unspecified emergency call in the 100-block of Chalfont Drive, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Recently released bodycam video showed a woman identified as Bonny Thomas standing in the front yard of a house holding a knife as the officers rolled up.

“I think she’s flagging me down here,” Officer Glenn told the dispatcher in the video. “She’s got a knife in her hand.”

Bodycam video showed that Officer Glenn got out of his police vehicle and told Thomas to drop the knife multiple times.

“Put the knife down, ma’am. Please,” he ordered her.

“No,” she replied, ignoring his commands, and marched resolutely toward the officer with the knife held in the air in her left hand.

The video showed the officer radioed the dispatcher to send backup and began backing away from Thomas as she continued toward him.

“I have a gun and a knife. I have a gun and a knife,” Thomas chanted as she walked toward Officer Glenn.

“Put it down. Put it down. Put it down,” Officer Glenn told her, getting progressively louder.

Suddenly, Thomas lunged toward the officer with the knife in her outstretched hand, the video showed.

Officer Glenn opened fire and Thomas dropped to the pavement, as her knife bounced and slid about 10 feet away from where she landed.

Thomas was transported to the hospital where she later died, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Officer Glen, a 29-year veteran of his department, was placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard for all officer-involved shootings, while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigates the incident.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (110)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Good shoot and nice use of bodycam.

The woman seemed like she was having a mental episode, but maybe she just wanted to kill a policeman.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Suicide by cop. Almost happened to me once. Feel sorry for the cop.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

That dude is a common thug. No attempt to use a tazer.

idoxlr8
idoxlr8

What ever happened to shooting them in the leg?

floridacop
floridacop

We never train that way. Just because you shot someone in the leg does not mean the threat will stop. Next if you think you have enough to use deadly force and you shoot to injury you now have an excessive use of force

Aramovich
Aramovich

Suicide by cop.

007karley
007karley

@Sargejh That's always the saddest part.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Another arm chair quarterback who knows all. There is no reasonable distance with a knife anywhere short of about 25 feet. That was a perfect center of mass shot, well disciplined. And he only shot once. Sad that LEOs end up as front line mental health workers like this.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I think she wanted to die an didn't have the nerve to do it herself

magnumforc
magnumforc

Great shooting. Sad, but still a well placed single shot.

IMO
IMO

I’m not a cop, but I have to say he did a good job. And he stayed so calm! As a LEO dispatcher, I really appreciate that!

America1st
America1st

You obviously have NO idea what you are talking about but I’m guessing this happens a lot.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

You can tell he is a veteran LEO by the way he handles the whole thing he never yelled at her to start with he even back away giving her a chance and then when the threat was to the point where force was needed he made one shot he noticed she was going down, no need to fire anymore I've noticed that some of these younger LEO will dump a whole magazine before they hit the ground he did a great job!

PapouTom
PapouTom

He did everything by the book. He asked her to put down the knife. He backed away from her. He again asked her to put down the knife. She kept moving towards him. Then he fired one shot center mass. He dddddi not approach her because the knife was still near here . Could he have used a taser, maybe if he had one. Not all LEO's have them!

ikaika
ikaika

And she won't be doing that again.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Where are the protests at the police department? the demand for criminal charges? the million dollar lawsuit against the police for excessive force? the media interviewing the family about how their loved one is no longer with them because the cops didn't shoot her in the leg, and failed to deescalate the situation?

Oh wait, that's right, it's not all lives matter (that's racist), only black lives matter. Why would the media portray a fair picture of law enforcement when they can spread misinformation to further the divide within america

Markmatt
Markmatt

Beautiful shot?? 🙌

Tm909098
Tm909098

What happened to white privilege? This is an outrage! I expect all the whites form a white lives matter group, protest, sue, and have they media turn this into an unjustified shooting. Oh wait that’s only a specific group of people who believe they are owed something.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Liberal who just watched a Trump rally?