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

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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).


35 commands = 34 commands too many.


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!


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


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.