VIDEO: Fugitive Grabs Cop's Gun, Gets Shot

Todd Sturgis refused to follow commands to show his hands, then went after the officers' weapons.

Lufkin, TX A man suspected of kidnapping and drug offenses was shot by police on Monday night, after he grabbed an officers Taser cartridge and tried to take two officers duty weapons, bodycam footage showed (video below).

Police had been on the lookout for 26-year-old Todd Sturgis since August.

That's when he had fled from officers in Tarrant County as they attempted to apprehend him on outstanding warrants for evading arrest, delivery of a controlled substance, and kidnapping, the agency said in a press release.

Sturgis was charged with an additional evading arrest offense after he managed to get away from officers during that incident.

On Monday night, Lufkin police received a tip that Sturgis was holed up at apartment 207 at the Pinewood Park Apartment complex.

When the officers arrived at the residence, a woman initially denied knowing Sturgis location, but eventually allowed police to search the apartment, the agency said.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they entered a dark bedroom with their Tasers drawn.

Show me your hands, one officer calmly directed over and over.

Dont be digging! he then told Sturgis, who was seen lying on his side on the floor between a doorway and the foot of a mattress as the lights were suddenly turned on.

The second officer quickly swapped his Taser for his duty weapon, and covered Sturgis with his gun while the first officer moved in with his Taser, the video showed.

Sturgis shoved his hands beneath the top mattress and out of the officers view, despite their repeated commands to comply.

F--k you, b---h! You gonna have to kill me today, b---h! Sturgis replied, shoving the mattress upward as he reached far beneath it. F--k that s--t, b---h.

Sturgis then began to wiggle beneath the bed frame, at which point one of the officers lifted both the box spring and the mattress off of him.

Sturgis reached up and managed to pull the cartridge from the officers Taser, police said.

He then rose to his feet and lunged towards the second officer, grabbing for his gun, the video showed.

The suspect grabbed one officers Taser and then grabbed at another officers gun, before being tased by two other officers, Lufkin Police Chief David Thomas explained in the video release.

Alright, alright, alright, Sturgis said as he laid on his back on the floor, the video showed.

The suspect then pretended to comply, but attacked the cover officer by grabbing the officers handgun, Chief Thomas said.

Bodycam footage showed Sturgis as his suddenly shot up into a sitting position and grabbed onto the officers duty weapon, pulling it towards his own abdomen.

A single shot then rang out.

The officer fired one round, striking the suspect in the stomach area, Chief Thomas said.

He shot me! Sturgis declared, as he wailed and screamed on the floor. F--k that s--t!

The officers were then able to place him into handcuffs so he could be transported to the hospital.

Chief Thomas said that Sturgis is expected to recover.

One officer suffered a minor fracture due to one of the Taser barbs becoming lodged in his finger, the department said.

The officer who shot Sturgis has been placed on paid administrative leave until the Texas Rangers complete their investigation into the incident.

His identity will be released once he has provided his statement to investigators, the department said.

The video was released to further our effort of transparency, Chief Thomas said on Tuesday.

We have worked hard to maintain the support of the public, and appreciate you taking time to see the facts for yourselves, he added.

In addition to his litany of outstanding warrants, Sturgis has also been charged with resisting arrest and two counts of disarming a peace officer.

You can watch bodycam footage of the incident below:

Comments (24)
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RunCop
RunCop

Awesome

mauiisl
mauiisl

F--k that s--t!

I was thinking, "his last words ... cool." Too bad.

Cops aren't paid enough.

DixieBlue
DixieBlue

Shot in the stomach.....hope he has a colostomy bag for life, and it leaks all over him.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Well you got your wish sunshine you got shot

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Well, he got his wish. I just wish it had been immediately fatal, but maybe he'll end up with a colostomy bag and if he does ? I hope it leaks, as was said before me

SGT_moore_USA
SGT_moore_USA

Not a cop, but if you reach or lunge towards me I cant say I would have done any different. Your gonna have to kill me today! Almost got what he asked for. After he was shot you shot me?! Life is better than fiction.

Skidoo
Skidoo

Good work by those officers while dealing with that male usual in a confined space.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another idiot gets his self shot. Surprize!!!🤔

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Too bad he wasn't shot in the head!! This thug is a waste of oxygen!!

Righton17
Righton17

Got exactly what he deserved, yet some idiot in the NFL will take a knee for his "bro".

rover77
rover77

al sharpton is responding to the scene

JBo
JBo

"You gonna have to kill me today, b---h!...closely followed by, He shot me!

Yup, he did.

NFPD103
NFPD103

This is the game these criminals play now, delay, distract. attack then claim they were assaulted. Then again this is the way they have done it for years. This guy should have been tased why before it got to this point, de-escalation was not going to change this criminals mind.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"You gonna have to kill me today, b---h!...closely followed by, He shot me!

Well , c'mon make up your mind we haven't got all day here. Now which is it?......

Uh...too late.Your shot.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

When you attack a police officer, yes they will oblige by shooting you when you are stupid enough to say to shoot you!!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I hope the lady who denied he was there gets arrested too!!!!

chattycathy
chattycathy

Who is the B now sucker?????

61mouse
61mouse

Well didn't he say you'll have to shoot me

61mouse
61mouse

Should have killed him it would have been quieter

Hi_estCommDenomn
Hi_estCommDenomn

Don't be diggin' lol

You'd think the guy that says "you gonna have to kill me today bitch" would have a better response than "UUUHHHHH you shot me you shot me"

M4D
M4D

Don't bring a hand to a gun fight, unless you are Bruce Lee.

Grog
Grog

Can't fix stupid!

pixiepup
pixiepup

He deserved being shot!

Back The Blue
Back The Blue

Deliberately being shot just to further the "racist" agenda? B.S. Glad he lived so he can tell all his how's children some more lies. All on video, fool!!