VIDEO: Cop Uses Pistol to Save Partner, End A Gunfight With A Single 75 Foot Shot

Charlotte, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brian Walsh used his pistol against a rifle-wielding suspect from around 75 feet away...

July 11, 2017

Charlotte, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brian Walsh used his pistol against a rifle-wielding suspect from around 75 feet away and ended the gunfight with a single shot (video below.)

Bodycam video of the shooting was released after the DA announced on Thursday that the shooting was justified.

The incident initially occurred on March 8, when Iaroslav Mosiiuk's sister called 911 saying that her brother had threatened to kill himself and had her fiance's gun.

Officer Mike Dezenso and Brian Walsh arrived and knocked on the door to speak with the 25-year-old. That's when he came to the front door with a rifle in-hand.

The officers retreated to different positions of cover while Officer Dezenso yelled, "Gun, gun, gun." Mosiiuk pursued the officers to the end of his driveway and lifted his rifle to shoot at Officer Dezenso. That's when Officer Brian Walsh fired a singled well-placed shot from approximately 75 feet away to take take the man down and save his partner.

Mosiiuk was his mid-back and was transported to the hospital where he died of his gunshot wound.

Police say that they had no prior run-ins with the man, and the incident appeared to be caused by a mental health episode.

The investigators determined that Iaroslav Mosiiuk's rifle was loaded, but inoperable because the bolt was missing.

According to Charlotte Observer, the family's lawyer said, "We'd like everyone to keep in mind that at the end of the day this was a mental health call, and if this is the way that mental health calls are handled, people will be afraid to call the police."

"Mike Dezenso was very eager for the video being released so it could be shown what Officer Walsh did for him," Officer Dezenso's attorney said.

The DA concluded, "While the death of Iaroslav Mosiiuk is certainly a tragedy, it is not a crime. Officer Walsh was dealing with a mentally ill subject pointing a rifle at him, his partner and nearby civilians. The officer’s decision to fire his weapon is justified under the law of self-defense."

You can see the video of the shot here. The shot occurs around 1:27 in. WARNING - Graphic Content:

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ews1951
ews1951

Thank you.

negolien
negolien

really the family called police and then complained? What did they think was going to happen? maybe they should have tried to take the gun from him themselves fkin tards.

Candi1001
Candi1001

I love my CMPD Officers 💖💖 Thank you to the brave men and women who protect me and my family everyday....💖💖💖

SWATwarrior
SWATwarrior

That as a DAMN good clean shot, at full combat stress and speed, both legally and tactically ......good job warrior......from right here in Charlotte with you.....even without SWAT on scene (no time) officer(s) executed good tactics, communications, and functioned text-book under full combat speed and stress......outfriggingstanding......sorry a dude died, but he pointed a rifle at the officer and was willing, as many who want to kill themselves, to take officers with him....been there, got the shirt........damn good job.......fyi, this was back in March I believe......geez, my adrenaline is even going now......one lesson from experience, and no, Im not armchair quarterbacking.....when you knock on a door, NEVER stand in front of the door, stand to the side and knock across with your flashlight or hand.....for THIS very reason......otherwise....Gods ministers did EXACTLY what they had to do.....way to go brother fellow Charlotte officers...........Brian "VC" Voncannon retired SWAT/Patrol Div. Cabarrus Co. NC

DDL
DDL

Thank you for sharing this video with us the people who pay you to protect us. I cannot imagine the terror you officers go through and how important your quick thinking and reactions are for all of us. Thank you all for your courage and service

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