VIDEO: Family Says Cop Overreacted In Shooting Machete-Wielding 'Gentle Giant'

A Port Arthur police officer shot Shayne Lyons after the man came towards him wielding a machete.

Port Arthur, TX – Port Arthur police released bodycam and dashcam video on Friday of an officer-involved shooting of a man with a machete (video below).

The incident occurred on Dec. 28, 2018 when Port Arthur Police Officer Aaron Taylor encountered a machete-wielding man in the middle of the 1600-block of Kansas Avenue, KBMT reported.

Dashcam and bodycam videos showed Officer Taylor got out of his police vehicle with his weapon drawn and ordered 35-year-old Shayne Lyons to “drop the knife” multiple times.

Instead of complying with the officer’s commands, Lyons walked toward Officer Taylor at a steady and deliberate pace, the videos showed.

Lyons was holding a machete in his hands as he approached the officer.

“Drop it!” Officer Taylor yelled in the video. “Put it on the ground right now!”

Lyons ignored all of the officer’s commands and proceeded to walk directly to Officer Taylor, the video showed.

When Lyons got to within eight feet of the officer, where he could have easily taken a swipe at him with the long blade, Officer Taylor opened fire and fatally shot Lyons.

Officer Taylor fired eight shots, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.

The video stopped at the point where Lyons was standing where Officer Taylor fired at him and does not show the actual shooting.

Lyons was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KBMT.

Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso and Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham later announced that toxicology testing had determined that Lyons was carrying PCP in a pack of cigarettes.

In February, a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict Officer Taylor after they were presented the findings of a joint investigation by the prosecutor and Texas Rangers, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.

Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland said the grand jury made their decision "methodically, logically and unemotionally” and he was supportive of it.

Although the shooting has been ruled justified, an internal affairs investigation is ongoing, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.

Officer Taylor has been with the Port Arthur Police Department for two years, according to KFDM.

Prosecutors showed the bodycam and dashcam videos to Lyons’ mother and immediate family before they were released to the general public, KFDM reported.

Initially, city officials did not want to release the video at all, but after threats of a lawsuit from Lyons’ family and outraged protests from the community, they reversed their earlier decision.

After seeing it, his family complained that they believed Officer Taylor had overreacted when he shot the man coming at him with a machete.

"Why did he have to shoot that many times?" Lyons’ brother, Andre Molo, asked KBMT.

Molo said he wasn’t satisfied by the explanation being given by the authorities.

"I didn't actually find anything new today," he said after the press conference where the videos were released to the public.

The family insisted that if the officer had handled the situation differently, Lyons would still be alive.

"He was nothing but a gentle giant and he was very passive person," Molo told KBMT.

He questioned why Officer Taylor didn’t call for backup prior to approaching Lyons.

Molo told the Beaumont Enterprise that he thought Officer Taylor should have talked to his brother to find out what was going on and why he was carrying a machete before he ordered him to put down the blade.

Watch Lyons approach the officer with a machete in the video below:

Comments (64)
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BlueJDN
BlueJDN

"Gentle Giant." Gee, where have I heard that one before?

BobIn704
BobIn704

Only reason this is in the news is because the media still likes to put blacks against whites, period. It will always be that way to divide us. If this was white on white or black on black you would have never heard about this. Gentle Giant...maybe he was, but this day he was an 'off his meds giant' and was taken down as he should have......I myself would have not given him so many chances, but then again that's just me. Next story please......

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Why was the "Gentle Giant" carrying a machete and coming toward a cop with it in the first place ?

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Gentle giant!?

Bitch please...!

stooge819
stooge819

They always want to speak to the family. What'd you think they were gonna say? "Oh well. Dipshit was doing PCP again. Got what he deserved this time."

Saints
Saints

Let me guess, he also had mental problems right!!.. look people, simple solution.. YOU DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW COMMANDS FROM POLICE??? DON'T DO STUPID THINGS THAT REQUIRED POLICE INTERVENTION PERIOD!!!!.....

TomC
TomC

Got exactly what he deserved.

vcanejr33
vcanejr33

cop was exactly correct.... gentle FOOL got what he wanted....

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Next thing we'll hear is the Lyon family killing each other over who can sell the 'Gentle Hominid Giant' tee shirts.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Great job turning on the bodycam and dashcam. Saves everyone a lot of trouble and doubt in this case.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Oh he definitely had bad intentions with that machete. The size of that blade could decapitate someone! If that isn't a justified shooting, I don't know what is! 👍💙

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Next the family want be fighting over tshirt sells the family will be fighting over who gets the majority of the money from the ghetto lottery .Because as we see the officer did everything right but as usual theses cities will pay them millions of dollars because they think they have to or its easier, people American is so screwed up right now there probably going to say why did the officers just drive off or better yet their going to want their police officers to turn and run away and give the criminals their vehicle lol

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Reactive response- "The family insisted that if the officer had handled the situation differently, Lyons would still be alive"

Proactive response -The public insisted that if Lyons and /or his family had handled the situation differently, Lyons would still be alive.

You see reader they are actually negatively affecting themselves. The combined level of poor decisions, arrogance, ignorance, racial paranoia, feelings of entitlement, lack of personal responsibility, denial, use of illegal substances, and unacceptable personal behaviors are what negatively affected Lyons and this family ......and is continuing to negatively affect the black community. What happened here is a classic example of one who continually made a series of very poor decisions and yet the reaction from the family group is that it is somehow someone else's fault. A reactive response .The fault lies at their own feet and in their own reflection in the mirror. The black community needs to break this repetitious cycle or the cycle will continue............."It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped"

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

The question is why news outlets bother to include comments from family members who are always in denial that their beloved one could ever do anything wrong. It is human nature to try to defend their actions, but is is assinine to report that denial.

The cop did what had to be done in order for him to go home safely that night, and to protect the public should someone else come strolling along. Would it have been more acceptable for the cop to drive by and keep going or perhaps take the guy down using the squad car?

No cop wants to have to shoot anyone, but this incident is as clear-cut justifiable as one can get. No one will ever know what was going through the guy's head as he advanced on the cop. We can't "download his thought process" as we can the video.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the cop and his family for what they are going through over this unfortunate situation.

pixiepup
pixiepup

That title doesn’t make any sense. The two do not go together! Machete wielding and gentle giant! Anybody with a machete IS NOT a gentle giant! There should not be further investigation on this. Ridiculous

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wasn't able to find any media pictures of the 'gentle giant' in his high school cap and gown for some reason. The MSM is slipping up.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

He did call for backup, he is heard saying, "step it up" as the guy kept coming at him. One swipe with that machette would sever your arm, would probably kill you. If you've ever cleared brush with one, you know what I mean. He's not coming at the cop to shake his hand. Tell me what you would do, till you face it! Just what I thought! Justified from the get go.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Looks very much like suicide by cop. Totally justifed shooting.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Police - 1 Waste of oxygen - 0 An entire family full of entitled low IQ scumbags looking for a check with zero accountability!!! I'm so sick of this shit!!!

Bld54
Bld54

PCP laced cigarettes. As an EMT, I have dealt with people on PCP more than once. In one instance, an officer had his gun wrestled out of his holster and was shot with it before back-up could arrive. He survived but the stress of it on his family was indescribable. That shooter was a normally gentle person, also. I feel for the family, but consider the officer's family, as well.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"Molo told the Beaumont Enterprise that he thought Officer Taylor should have talked to his brother to find out what was going on and why he was carrying a machete before he ordered him to put down the blade." Ummmm ... was Officer Taylor supposed to talk to Lyons after getting slashed by that machete? Was Taylor supposed to either act like Chuck Norris and kick the machete out of his hands or do a mind-meld thing with him and communicate with him that way, since verbal commands weren't getting through to the drug-addled brain?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

but he was a gentle giant..lol..coming at me with a machete im gonna blow him away..as did the officer..justified for sure..family wants a few million..wonder how many kids he fathered who will now receive a monthly social security check, Medicaid.which they probably received already, plus what they receive from the lawsuit..one more thug off the street, leaves drain on coffers of that town..

sturnman22
sturnman22

Now he really is a 'gentle' giant.

Jacques Strap
Jacques Strap

We don't have a police brutality problem, we have a problem with people not following lawful commands of police officers.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Well gee wiz, what else is the family going to say? They will never agree with the shooting if their family member. So if it wasn’t one thing, it’s another of course. The ignorant comment about why did the officer have to shoot so many times? Didn’t the family say themselves he was a “gentle giant”? There you go, his size. Another ignorant comment is “why didn’t they tak to him to find out what was going on”. Yeah, it’s easy for the family to say because they’re family. People now a days do not listen to police. And we as officers don’t have the luxury of calling family members out to come and talk down a suspect, plus that isn’t usually recommended. The best answer to all their why why why whining, is: LISTEN TO THE POLICE and don’t break the law. Period.

JBo
JBo

"...gentle giant"?

With a machete? Ummmm, no.

investigator
investigator

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!! ...says the family!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Talk to "the gentle giant with a machete" in his hand before telling him to drop his knife? Why ask for a cup of coffee with him? Or a beer?

Texan Blue
Texan Blue

We cannot expect people who think and act like society’s delinquent, irresponsible, dependent children... some for generations...to see this situation for what it is with same eyes as any rational, responsible, self-respecting adults.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Being shot doesn't stop you unless its in the head! When shot, your bleeding out is what stops you! 8 feet is dangerously close. Anyone ever hear if the 21 foot rule?

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I would have shot him too.

Signal10
Signal10

For only having two years in on the job, this officer performed flawlessly in this situation.

Chiefy
Chiefy

I am sure the officer would have investigated the circumstances, of the man with the machete, once the threat to his life was neutralized. The suspect's death is squarely on the suspect, when he failed to comply with the officer's lawful order. Officers don't like taking a life, anymore than the suspect's family or detractors do. However, officers have the right to protect their own life or the lives of other innocent civilians, when the situation warrants it.

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

It wasn't their lives in danger so they have no right to make such an assumption. I'm sure if he was coming toward his family members with the attitude and machete they would have run and called the police. The officer did everything by the book and has nothing to question himself about. This looks like suicide by cop to me.

InService
InService

Suicide by cop.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Just another case of a family that excuses everything their “ gentle” son did. I say good riddance. Anyone on PCP is extremely strong and dangerous.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

I guess if this was the Cooks County DA, she would have charged the cop

HB1
HB1

Yes, the officer should have taken him to lunch first...idiots. Glad this officer is ok

Thumper392
Thumper392

The only thing the officer forgot was the 21 foot rule. He's extremely lucky to be alive.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

The family didn't think the shooting was justified!!! So when should the officer have shot this scumbag...perhaps after the blade was stuck halfway thru his body....Un-freaking-believable!!!

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Gentle giants don’t brandish deadly weapons, and being a police officer does not mean you have to die to do your job.

Mrs10
Mrs10

And why do we care what the family thinks? They are trying to excuse behavior that came from the way he was raised plus the choices he continues to make. So the family is either directly responsible for him - as in they really messed up raising him OR they are indirectly responsible for not getting him help for his drug problem.

Whether it's one or the other or a combo of the two (most probable), the family allowed this to occur. And now they are blaming everyone but themselves.

The family should be responsible for the officer's suffering as he's having to live with the aftermath of taking a life. Anyone who thinks that cops want to take lives or that they aren't affected by it are just short-sighted idiots.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Why did he only shoot 8 times? Because his finger got tired or his piece jammed. I like the Florida Sheriff who was asked why a cop killer was shot so many times. He replied...because we ran out of ammunition. You shoot to neutralize the threat..one, two or a full mag, doesn't matter. You go home and they don't.

Ryanarab
Ryanarab

21ft rule in action

bytor122769
bytor122769

He had a machete! A knife is bad enough. What else do you do when the mental won’t comply?

Buffrat
Buffrat

This family needs to understand that those of us who served don't give a rats ass that you think he's a gentle giant. He responds to our commands, he goes to jail, nothing else. He doesn't? He dies. Simple as that.