Raleigh, NC – The Raleigh Police Department (RPD) has released bodycam footage that captured the moment a gunman charged towards officers in a parking lot outside his home (video below).
The harrowing encounter occurred at an apartment complex on Neuse Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 19, WNCN reported.
Raleigh paramedics and firefighters were initially called to the scene for a of a man experiencing medical problems, according to WTVD.
The caller told the 911 dispatcher that the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Michael Anthony Hendricks, was a military veteran, WNCN reported.
"There's a man in a corridor with a knife," the caller explained. "He's a vet. He's having a flashback."
Raleigh police later said they were unable to locate any records to confirm Hendricks ever served in the military.
Paramedics arrived to find Hendricks sitting on the floor of his apartment near a cardboard box.
He then allegedly told them that he would attack them if they didn’t back off, so they gave him space and radioed for police to respond, WTVD reported.
Hendricks’ roommate also told the paramedics and firefighters that Hendricks kept a gun inside the cardboard box he was seen rummaging through.
Bodycam footage showed Raleigh Police Officer C.T. Melochick as he arrived at the scene and spoke with bystanders.
They told him that Hendricks was “armed with a knife,” and that he was last seen in the courtyard area of the apartment complex, the video showed.
One of the bystanders also warned Officer Melochick that the suspect had access to a gun.
The officer made his way to the courtyard, but Hendricks was no longer there.
He returned to the area where the bystanders were gathered and obtained a description of the missing suspect.
But a moment later, Hendricks rounded the corner of the building with a gun in his hand, Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown told WRAL.
"Mr. Hendricks had a gun in his hand that was raised at shoulder level and pointed at Officer Melochick," Chief Deck-Brown said.
Officer Melochick dove for cover behind his patrol car as the bystanders ran to safety.
“He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun,” officers at the scene warned one another, the video showed.
Police ordered Hendricks to drop his weapon, but he refused.
Officer Melochick then fired a single round, hitting the gunman in the abdomen, WNCN reported.
Police ordered Hendricks to keep his hands visible, then moved towards him and took him into custody, the video showed.
Paramedics were called back in to transport the wounded suspect to the hospital.
Investigators later determined that the weapon Hendricks pointed at Officer Melochick was an “airsoft gun which had been modified to remove its orange safety tip,” WNCN reported.
Officer Melochick has been placed on paid administrative leave while the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducts an investigation into the shooting, according to WTVD.
As of May 30, Hendricks was no longer listed as a patient at WakeMed hospital, indicating he was either released or that he did not want any information about his hospitalization to be released, The News and Observer reported.
You can watch video footage of the officers’ encounter with Hendricks in the video below: