VIDEO: Fugitive Pulls Gun On Cop As She Fights For Her Life

Lakemoor Police Officer Brianna Tedesco fought for her life when Kenneth Martell tried to shoot her.

Lakemoor, IL – Police have released dashcam and bodycam videos that show a Lakemoor police officer fighting for her life with a man who was wanted for murder in Pennsylvania (video below).

The incident began just before 5 a.m. on July 26, 2018, when Lakemoor Police Officer Brianna Tedesco spotted an SUV backed onto a gravel path, with its lights off, on the east side of the Lakemoor Golf Club, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Officer Tedesco activated her emergency lights, her dashcam, and her bodycam before she got out of her police vehicle and approached the SUV.

There she found 36-year-old Kenneth Martell, who was lying back in the driver’s seat when she shined her flashlight into his car, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Martell told the officer that his name was “James Dunkin” and that he was from Pennsylvania and headed out west.

Dashcam video released by the Lakemoor Police Department showed he handed Officer Tedesco a piece of paper to distract her.

Then he pulled out a gun, pointed it at Officer Tedesco, and pulled the trigger, the Chicago Tribune reported.

But the gun didn’t fire.

The video showed Officer Tedesco grabbed onto the gun and fought Martell for control of it for 20 seconds.

In the video, Officer Tedesco repeatedly screams “No!” and tries to reach her radio to call for help.

She also begged Martell not to shoot her as they fought for control of his weapon, the video showed.

Then the video showed a second officer arrived on the scene and ran up to help Officer Tedesco.

When Officer Tedesco saw Lakemoor Police Officer Anthony Loiacono with his weapon raised, she let go of Martell and stepped back from his SUV.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Martell raised both hands, with a weapon in each of them, and Officer Loiacono shot him.

Martell was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

After the incident, police learned that Martell was a wanted fugitive, who was suspected of beating and stabbing an 88-year-old man to death three days earlier in Beaver Township, Pennsylvania.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Martell abducted other people after murdering the octogenarian and forced them at gunpoint to help him throw the body in a lake.

A warrant was issued for Martell, and family members warned authorities that Martell was using drugs, including methamphetamine.

Lake County State's Attorney Michael G. Nerheim said that Martell had told his loved ones that "cops were going to kill him over a drug bust" and he was "not going down without a fight."

Nerheim said Officer Tedesco's "quick actions and fight for the gun allowed additional time for her partner to arrive at the scene. Her partner was then able to end this deadly confrontation. The acts of these two skilled officers were masterful and indicative of two people acting in self-defense," the Chicago Tribune reported.

“Retreat was not an option,” he said “With both officers within feet of a man armed with two handguns, only one option remained for the officers: To defend themselves.”

You can see the fight in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (53)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Wow - that was tense. I do believe God saved Officer Tedesco's life by allowing the gun to malfunction - otherwise, at that close a range, that shot or those shots could have been fatal.

Skidoo
Skidoo

Good job by her partner. One bullet to the philtrum.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Man, that was tough to watch. Well, apart from seeing that shitlord take a round to the face, had to watch that part a second time.

RNnLEOwife
RNnLEOwife

Wow. Watching that drove me to tears. How scary for her! I can only imagine what she was thinking of those moments. Thank God for her partner!

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Wow, she'll never get over that. Great that her fellow officer was a crack shot.

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Now we'll hear from his family "he was a good boy" and sue the police officers

Blue Bobby Blue
Blue Bobby Blue

Kudos to both of the officers and all officers who have to deal with this stuff on a regular basis. Thanks for keeping us safe. Great shot by that officer under such intense pressure. Not so easy to shoot straight when the adrenaline is pumping.

MrsS
MrsS

I'm so glad his gun didn't go off, and that she lived. I'm not sorry at all that he's dead. Some people really are evil, and can't be rehabilitated. The best outcome was achieved here.

OWiseOne
OWiseOne

Now what did we all take-a-way from this ?? NEVER advance to a situation like this until your back-up officer arrives !!! A stupid mistake she will not make again. She is lucky to be alive.

tkohl
tkohl

One shot, one kill...very impressive.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Nice shot

bear330
bear330

Good shot! One bullet to take out the trash!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Well, he won't be hurting anyone again...........bye bye.....

Janken
Janken

I wish our officers could take all these cowardly trash out.

Jlatty
Jlatty

Another one bites the dust.......

usac95
usac95

Always he was on drugs one less scum bag

LEO0301
LEO0301

Wow, by the grace of God she was saved when the gun failed to work. That will be a difficult one for her to mentally get over.

DWT
DWT

Hood job back up👍

61mouse
61mouse

Ended the way it should have a 3rd eye and a sand box bed

gfc1963
gfc1963

Rot in hell you piece of shit. Good job by the other cop!

Marine69*
Marine69*

I am thankful that she is alive and she can thank God and the other officer for that. But I also believe that she needs retraining as her actions or lack of actions would have gotten her killed! I am not talking about before the gun jammed, but after. That split second she should have ran to the back or front of him vehicle for cover and that would have aloud her to pull her own weapon. Standing there slapping him and trying to take his gun away from him was nuts, the barrel of his gun was pointed right at her all the time. God Bless her but the way I see it she one lucky gal.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Glad Officer didn’t get shot and glad guy is dead!

Sidd Rajput
Sidd Rajput

"Martell was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics."

I like happy endings.

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

Great shooting by the back up officer! Perp got exactly what he deserved.

Kevcali
Kevcali

PERFECT! 1 shot, 1 kill= Excellent police work

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

@Burgers Allday Hey fat boy at least it wasn't called an ambush right?

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

In a majority of small jurisdictions your back up is a neighboring department or the Sheriff's Office who may be tied up on their own calls.

Pooliscool
Pooliscool

Now that's called teamwork...Good job blue

firenw
firenw

Lovely! That is justice. Well done 👍🏼

Hannibal
Hannibal

Thank god she is alright.

Tinman983
Tinman983

Outstanding shot. One dirtbag, one bullet.

Krsmith2
Krsmith2

Burn in hell waste of oxygen..great job by the officers..

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

One more meth head dead, two officers still alive. Good !

JohnP
JohnP

Fast physical reaction. Embarrassing mental reaction. I assume she will be looking for a new profession.