VIDEO: Knife-Wielding Attacker Is Shot Repeatedly, Still Takes Down Cop

ACCPD Officers David Harrison and Charles Bidinger ordered Aaron Hong to drop his knife over 35 times.

Athens, GA – A knife-wielding attacker was shot multiple times as he charged at an Athens-Clarke County police officer, but still managed to grab the officer while trying to gain control of the officer’s duty weapon (video below).

The suspect ignored over 35 commands to drop his knife during the fatal encounter.

The altercation began at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Monday, when Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer David Harrison and Officer Charles Bidinger responded to a report of a man causing a disturbance at an apartment complex in the 1000-block of Macon Highway, WXIA reported.

When they arrived at the complex, the officers immediately encountered 23-year-old Aaron Hong, who was drenched in his own blood and clutching a large butcher knife, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they got out of their patrol vehicle and ordered Hong to drop the knife.

Hong refused, and instead began advancing on the officers, who were holding him at gunpoint.

“Put the knife down, sir. Please!” they begged repeatedly. “We’re here to help you out!”

The officers backed down the roadway as Hong continued to advance.

“Do it! Do it!” Hong screamed at the officers.

They ordered him to drop his weapon over 35 times during the harrowing encounter, but he refused.

As Hong pursued the officers down the street and onto a more populated thoroughfare, Officer Harrison told Officer Bidinger to swap to a “less lethal” weapon to attempt to subdue the attacker, bodycam footage showed.

But a moment later, Hong he suddenly began running towards Officer Harrison, quickly closing the gap between them.

“No! No! No!” the officer begged, just before seven gunshots rang out.

Hong collapsed to the ground and dropped the knife, but he still wasn’t ready to surrender.

Despite having been hit by several rounds, Hong got back onto his feet and squared off with officers yet again.

“No! Get on the ground!” the officers yelled.

“Shoot me!” Hong screamed.

The bloodied attacker then ran at Officer Harrison again, and appeared to place him into a choke from behind while pulling him to the ground backwards.

Simultaneously, Hong reached for the officer’s holstered duty weapon, bodycam footage showed.

“He’s going for my gun!” Officer Harrison yelled frantically.

Hong still had a grip on Officer Harrison when Officer Bidinger fired multiple rounds, hitting the suspect several times.

Emergency medical personnel began treating Hong immediately, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, WXIA reported.

One of the officers suffered a minor injury during the altercation, and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Officer Harrison has served with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) for seven years. Officer Bidinger joined the ACCPD less than a year ago.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) investigates the officer-involved shooting, as per policy.

Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill said that the officers faced a clear and imminent threat of death or injury during the dramatic encounter, and that their use of deadly force was justified, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Hong in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content

Comments (91)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

That is not a chokehold (I learned that from the coverage of the Eric Garner story here at this site).

JBo
JBo

35 commands = 34 commands too many.

Goodguys
Goodguys

First things first. Glad the officers are okay.

But secondly... Those were terrible tactics, boys. You backed up way too far, and essentially gave him access to your unit, (which likely has a long gun in it). You retreated way too far back, bringing them to the unarmed fire dept who had staged what they thought to be a safe distance away, and then almost went into a crossfire scenario.

And then, holy crap, he charges after being shot and the officer HOLSTERS the only tool that can save his life and is allowed to take the armed officer by the neck and is nearly disarmed.

Again, glad you made it though this safely but this is a training moment that needs to be done when you’re back from admin leave.

Either these two officers were both trained poorly, have a political climate at their agency that threatens their livelihood when using justified force, or both officers were not prepared to use deadly force when confronted with a justified situation.

And for those who commonly throw out that officers “need to be better trained with de-escalation techniques”, this was over the top ridiculous efforts at deescalation and the end result was almost an unnecessary officer casualty.

Stay safe everyone!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Glad those officers made it through the ordeal okay. This man wanted suicide by cop.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

See, this is the effect of anti cop media. Officers should have shot him much sooner but are now questioning their training and common sense because they dont want to be the focus of protests, lose their jobs or be charged with s crime.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I have an idea.......let the trolls on this site take the place of officers on the streets in California or Michigan and show those of us who have worked the streets, how it's SUPPOSED to be done. And yes i have been on those streets and have the scars to prove it.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

This video is the answer to the oft-asked question 'Why did the cops keep shooting him after he was already down?'

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

I think both officers if they had used their collapsible batons they could have disarmed him essentially giving into a complete takedown of him,he’d probably have some broken limbs but would be alive,they retreated way to much,either fire lethal rounds or go hands on,I think they “like many nowadays “ are weary of the media blowback”which is wrong their lives were clearly in jeapordy and they were justified

GForce48
GForce48

Brought to you by Dems/Libs/Socialists and an out of control media!

Patrick 69
Patrick 69

There was a Sheriff in a Parish next to me who handled police shootings and the press well. I remember him saying once that they should have fired more rounds and if they needed more he would have personally brought them some more. I don't even remember how many times he got reelected.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Tax benefit. No detention, trial, no long prison sentence. Case closed!

Pacho
Pacho

Why the officers back up so long ? "put the knife down..Please.." you kidding me ? and the injure insane individual chargue one scare officer and beat him to the ground...lucky him don't rape him and was other officer who shot more times to him and save his ass..Shame in this officers, give new positions like a childrens cross guards for example..

longplainfirstnation
longplainfirstnation

Glad the policeman was uninjured, too bad the suicidal man had to die. Some mistakes were made, I hope no one will state "shoot them in the knee" after watching this video.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Backing up or “tactically retreating” is ok. But how fucking far are we really going to give this guy, where every step back the officer takes makes this dumbass a step braver. Every video encounter where the officer is seen backing up that much, shows the suspect think they have the upper hand or the officers are “scared”. That’s why these people think they can do this to police. A few steps back, some verbal commands and then if the suspect is still walking towards police? Sorry but you just got room temperatured. Sooner or later, BLM, and everyone else who “thinks” they can dictate how we do our job, will get the hint to “listen” and “follow” when we give you commands. Don’t be thinking about what you think your rights are, or how much money you’re going to try and get, just do it. Do it and go home, or don’t and go to hell.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Glad the Officer is okay but some serious mistakes were made. He should of never backed up and that perp should of never gotten near him.

vwiles34
vwiles34

They let this play out way to long and put unarmed people in danger. You are trained to try and deescalate the problem. But if they don't stop. you stop the threat by any means at your disposal. But I agree with BerettaAPX. Officers are being shown as villains when they follow their training and use their common sense. Afraid they'll be the next target of public outcry simply because they decided to do what was needed.

Lawman777
Lawman777

That is what happens when you don't shoot when you are supposed to. Those cops kept walking backwards which is dangerous, then they didn't unload on the psycho when they should have. (see 21' rule, you have entered the danger zone) I call it, FDG Syndrome or fear of discharging your gun, a psychological phenomena used to control law enforcement created by the politicians, the media, the mayor, and the public to disarm the police. That one cop is lucky to be alive. If you can't shoot when needed, take off the uniform before you get killed.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Classic suicide by cop but it went on way too long. This is what happens when police are constantly criticized about how they do their jobs.

Steven K
Steven K

I agree on the officers allowed the suspect to go way too far. If they needed to shoot it was safer for the community if it was along the driveway and not on the street. A tazer could have helped if available. The officer that was rushed needs coaching on needing to react much quicker. He was so lucky not to also loose his life. None the less, good job officers.

DR226
DR226

I'm glad also to see the officers come out unharmed. But what if the FD and PD were to train in instances like this where you have a suicidal nut with a knife to use water pumped from the engine to knock him down, the perp was lead right to the engine by these officers. Im not suggesting the FD go right in but they may have had an opportunity in this case.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Glad the Officers are ok !! But WTH why did you wait so damn ling to take him down ??

Wholetruthnothingbut
Wholetruthnothingbut

If that suspect were a black or brown person, he would have been shot after the first step towards officers with a knife in his hands. They all should take a cognitive bias test. Policing has to be without any racial or ethnic bias. Otherwise, lives will be lost.

Lawman777
Lawman777

These police officers were trained in Sweden.

Ace17
Ace17

Good Job Holly 🙂💙

5ft24
5ft24

Glad the officers are safe, but a LOT of errors were made as have been pointed out above. You also need to talk to who ever does your captioning on the video... The first officer fires 7 distinct shots, but the caption says 5...

Lawman777
Lawman777

What is this new method of police work were you keep backing up with your gun drawn? Doing so puts everyone at risk except the knife wielding assailant.

Bstn
Bstn

Officer Bidinger joined the ACCPD less than a year ago. Officer Bidinger.....Great shooting skills, you most liky saved ypur partners life!! Kudos. Unfortunatly these officers had no choice but shoot, also sounds like suspect was intent on "suicide".

DouglasKowalski
DouglasKowalski

very sloppy, and this is why cops are in danger....they are being pressured not to shoot and endangering their own lives and everyone else's as well.

Sgt167
Sgt167

Only way to stop that is through rapid blood loss which means multiple gunshots or one to the head, which would be my option

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

THIS is why I miss the old days, tell him twice and if he Still advances. Take him DOWN...never step back.

hoss377
hoss377

This should be required watching by internet trolls, and by family members who state"My baby was a good boy,they didn't have to kill him",and by those who say"They could have tasered him". One thing i noticed between civilian L.E. and Army Military Police,we weren't taught to back up,threat comes at you,you remove it.

Samval
Samval

A Police Officer should NEVER try to disarm a knife wielding man with a baton. A knife is a deadly weapon and must be met with something bigger. A Firarm was a perfect choice.

HikerJohn
HikerJohn

Keep shooting until he is not a threat. I have a news story about a cop that shot a guy twice with a 9mm. The guy pulled out a 22 and shot him at the arm hole of his vest and the cop bled out in 1 minute.

Hotshotz
Hotshotz

This is a perfect example of why you shoot until the perpetrator is no longer a threat. Thankful officers weren’t harmed.