VIDEO: Live-Streamed Video Shows Officers' Extraordinary Efforts Before Shooting

Gary Warbritton repeatedly pointed his gun at police as he paced around a convenience store parking lot.

Rector, AR – The officer-involved shooting of an armed man outside a convenience store was broadcast in a Facebook Live video on Wednesday night (video below).

Rector police officers first encountered the gunman, later identified as 21-year-old Gary Warbritton, after concerned citizens reported that he was walking down Main Street while brandishing a firearm at approximately 3:47 p.m., the Arkansas State Police (ASP) said in a news release.

During the initial encounter, Warbritton pointed his firearm at one of the officers, who then fired his weapon at the suspect, police said.

Warbritton took off on foot, and soon wound up at a convenience store at the intersection of U.S. Highway 49 and Main Street.

The officers repeatedly attempted to “persuade” Warbritton to drop his gun, but he refused, state police said.

Cell phone footage showed the tense encounter, during which officers could be seen standing with feet of the deranged, shirtless gunman.

Warbritton waved his arms wildly and paced around the parking lot with the weapon in his hand, and repeatedly pointed it at officers, the video showed.

He also fired off several rounds throughout the encounter, according to the Northeast Arkansas Report.

The video showed Warbritton as he lunged towards two officers standing nearby, while a third officer closed in on his right side.

The suspect raised the gun in his hand and pointed it at one of the officers at close range, at which point the officer fired his weapon at Warbritton.

The gunman crumpled to the ground, but kept his right arm extended and his gun pointed at the officers.

On officer appeared to swipe at Warbritton’s weapon just before he tackled the suspect and pinned him to the ground.

Warbritton died at the scene, according to the ASP media release.

His body will be transported to the state crime laboratory for autopsy.

None of the officers were injured during the encounter.

The ASP Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

They will forward their findings to prosecutors, who will determine whether the use of deadly force complied with State law.

You can watch cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with Warbritton in the video below:

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Relieved that no officers were injured and no innocents were hurt.

LEO030
LEO030

Watching the beginning of that video was like watching tv from inside of a washing machine on spin cycle. Also, if you're a police officer never, ever get that close to someone brandishing a firearm. Especially one that is showing signs of being mentally disturbed.

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

I know they were trying to not take his life realizing he's probably got mental problems. However I cannot imagine being that close, allowing him to repeatedly shoot, and repeatedly brandish it at them. I wonder if police are taking risks they shouldn't because of the media judging every millisecond of their actions. I'm so thankful the officers or any bystanders were not hurt.

Smiggles44
Smiggles44

Video footage is horrible. I hope DA doesn't rely on the footage to make a decision.

Marxest
Marxest

It looks like those officers did everything possible to peacefully resolve a dangerous situation. But Mr Warbritton would not have it and the officers did what they had to do. I pray for the families of the officer and the deceased.

Lt Tom
Lt Tom

A shame officers have to put their lives needlessly in danger because they are being prosecuted for doing their jobs.

Lt Tom
Lt Tom

Why are my, Bilger11 comments being posted under Lt Tom's name?

gfc1963
gfc1963

As soon as you point a gun at a cop you should be shot. None of this trying to de-escalate the situation BS. Shoot the fucker and be done with it.

RPG156
RPG156

You can't use a Taser on someone with a gun. That suggestion is SAF. This is a classic "Suicide by Cop". The officers were above and beyond. They are extremely fortunate that an officer wasn't lost because a suicidal subject will escalate the situation in order to be killed by police up to and including shooting at officers in order to get another to kill them.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Classic suicide by cop. Totally justified.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Too much diddly-squat time spent with a human firing/mishandling a firearm. Time to revisit Street Survival Class 101.

T Rex
T Rex

Should have been dropped when he first fired the weapon ,he was out of control at that time !

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Thanks to all the video warriors out there and Chiefs and Sheriff's bowing to political correctness these officers went way out of the safety box and risked their lives because just because the police have been vilified so much for shooting assholes like this.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Well good for the police. But I am sure some bleeding heart will make an issue out of this.

1_riot_1_ranger
1_riot_1_ranger

Glad my fellow officers won. That being said, the hesitant nature of their reaction is due to the way media portrays the officers, they didn't want to be lambasted on the evening news or in the newspaper. It sucks that we, as officers, also have to have the media in our minds as we confront situations like this.

1_riot_1_ranger
1_riot_1_ranger

Absolutely!

Woobie46
Woobie46

Are these two coppers suicidal??? They should have shot him the instant he fired the weapon whether pointed at them or someone else. You can't let a loon with a gun pace around and shot at stuff...egads Sherlock

ckur6
ckur6

Looks like the young man with the gun was looking for DBC "Death By Cop"!