VIDEO: Bodycam Shows Man With Butcher Knife Rushing Cop Before Fatal Shooting

Sandy Malone

Bodycam video showed 30-year-old Finan H. Berhe rushing at Montgomery County Police Sgt. David Cohen with a knife.

White Oak, MD – Bodycam video released Friday showed that Finan H. Berhe was rushing at a police officer with a large kitchen knife when he was fatally shot (video below).

The incident began at about 2:15 p.m. on Thursday when police received a 911 call from Berhe’s neighbor in the 1500-block of Hadden Manor Court, The Washington Post reported.

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said the neighbor told police that the 30-year-old Berhe had thrown a rock at his window and challenged him “to call the police.”

Chief Jones said the neighbor warned police that Berhe was standing outside holding a butcher knife, The Washington Post reported.

Montgomery County Police Sergeant David Cohen was the first officer to arrive on the scene, WTOP reported.

Bodycam video showed an armed Berhe standing on the sidewalk in front of a row of townhomes when Sgt. Cohen arrived.

As soon as the officer got out of his car, Berhe started walking toward him.

The video showed the officer drew his weapon as Berhe started running at the officer with a knife in his hand.

The officer took steps back and ordered the suspect to put the knife down, the video showed.

The video showed Sgt. Cohen used his radio to ask backup to hurry up, and then ordered Berhe to the ground.

The sergeant repeatedly ordered the suspect to drop his knife and get on the ground and the suspect ignored all commands, but he did start backing away from the approaching officer, the video showed.

“The subject rushed at the officer. The officer retreated a little bit. The subject then began to walk backwards,” Chief Jones said. “The officer again repeated to the individual several times to get on the ground and to drop the knife.”

Sgt. Cohen yelled at bystanders to go inside their homes as he backed Berhe onto the sidewalk at gunpoint.

“Get on the ground,” he told Berhe. “Get on the ground. I don’t want to shoot you.”

That’s when Berhe rushed toward the officer full speed, still armed with his knife.

The video showed Sgt. Cohen opened fire when Berhe was about 15 feet away and still coming at him.

He fired five times and Berhe was struck in the chest, according to WTOP.

As the suspect fell to the sidewalk, the video showed he dropped the big chef’s knife he’d been holding as he raced toward Sgt. Cohen.

Chief Jones said the officer administered aid immediately after the shooting and Berhe was transported to the hospital where he later died, The Washington Post reported.

Sgt. Cohen has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

Police recovered the suspect’s knife at the scene, The Washington Post reported.

The sergeant is a 17-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, according to WTOP.

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

Comments (39)
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flybynight
flybynight

Not a knife but a slice of pizza. Trust me, I've looked at the tape forwards and backwards and if you see it differently than I do then you're just a bunch of DFs and that's all I can say!!!! *sarc off

ikaika
ikaika

Good job, Sgt. Cohen. Kept that 21 feet. No one was hurt and you went home. I hope you are okay.

Judy Soward
Judy Soward

He got the justice he deserved

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

#WhereDidHeGetTheKnife #NeedMoreFederalKnifeLaws#JusticeForBerhe #TheKnifeMightHaveBeenPlanted #AnotherAngelMurdered /sarcasm for those who didn't pick up on it.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Another psychotic racist dies from lead poisoning.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Dont bring a knife to a gun fight...

Someone said that a long time ago...

Did he honestly believe that he was so fast that he could get to the officer and stab him with the knife before the officer could pull the trigger?!?!?! Lol

h0ghestcomndenom
h0ghestcomndenom

Ooh...almost

DixieBlue
DixieBlue

Should I feel bad because I want to see the grouping?

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

He got exactly what he deserved! Bad Guy = 0 Good Guy = 1
The officer goes home, bad guy heads to the Morgue, as it should be!

TheHammer
TheHammer

Looks like he took the room temperature challenge.

spulos
spulos

A slice of pizza with a handle:

DarrellB
DarrellB

Another COWARD wanting suicide by cop A family that failed him before he got to that point. SBC just pisses me off! I hope the Officer gets all the help he needs.

suzieb
suzieb

Totally suicide by cop, so sad.

Rickenbackerfan
Rickenbackerfan

Waiting for cockwatch and denogginator to give us their brilliant analysis...

NFPD103
NFPD103

clean shoot, nothing to see, move on.

zeitgeistism
zeitgeistism

Ever since this shooting incident occurred, the media has been covering it like there has been some great injustice inflicted upon the 'black man.' I live in the DC area and the only time any news coverage, of a cop shooting a black man, is if it's a WHITE cop. I literally don't remember anytime in recent history where I heard on TV or the radio a black cop shooting a black perp, or even a black cop shooting a white perp. Black Lives Matter? It certainly doesn't to black people. Honestly, what is it LIKE to be an honest white cop in such predominantly black, high crime counties, around DC? This country treats certain black people like they're sacred. It's getting to a point where cops will only be able to shoot someone of their own race. All that will result in is a lot of white police officers filing for unemployment.

LeoDad
LeoDad

He should have watched the Crocodile Dundee movie.

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

Like MY Friends in TEXAS SAY If a bad guy comes toward You in a threatening manner with or without a knife You Shoot to Stop the Threat GOOD JOB OFFICER


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