VIDEO: Man Shot While Coming At Cops With Knives Wants Police Retrained

Police shot 28-year-old Jamal Bell after he walked toward them carrying knives and refused to drop his weapons.

Harrisville, UT – A man who was shot by police after he refused to drop two knives wants police to change the way they do things (video below).

The incident occurred on the evening of March 23 after neighbors called the police to report a couple arguing inside and outside their apartment, KSL reported.

Officers arrived to find the door of the apartment unlocked and the door jam torn up as if the door had been broken open.

Police knocked, which pushed the door open, but none of the occupants could immediately be seen in the apartment, the video showed.

Officers repeatedly called out and announced their presence.

“Harrisville Police, anybody in here?” an officer called out.

“Hello, anybody inside the apartment? Harrisville police!” he announced again. “Come to the door and talk to us.”

After about a minute, 28-year-old Jamal Bell came from the back of the apartment carrying a knife in each hand, the video showed.

“What do you got man?” an officer asked. “Put those down.”

Bell didn’t reply but continued walking at the officers, who were backing up and away from the apartment doorway, the video showed.

He walked across the threshold of the doorway and continued walking toward the officers, the video showed.

Officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the knives but he ignored them and instead turned around and headed back into his apartment.

An officer deployed his Taser at Bell but the man blocked the prongs with the door and then backed further into his apartment, the video showed.

Then he stood with his arms out to either side and shook his head “no” in response to commands to drop the knives.

Multiple officers yelled at Bell to drop the weapon and one warned that he would shoot the man if he did not drop his knife.

“Take another step forward and I will shoot you,” the officer said in the video.

Instead of following officers’ commands, Bell took a look back over his shoulder and then turned and walked several steps deliberately toward the officers, the video showed.

Officers opened fire and Bell was hit multiple times.

Police fired a total of 15 shots at the suspect and 11 found their mark, according to KSL.

Bell survived the shooting and is now confined to a wheelchair.

He was charged with four counts of assault on a police officer, KSL reported.

Weber County Attorney Chris Allred determined that the officers’ shooting of Bell was justified, but Bell wants the county attorney to reconsider his decision.

On Sunday, he and a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in front of the county attorney’s office to protest the ruling, KSL reported.

“I understand if someone pulls a gun out on you, then yes, you have to do what you’ve got to do,” Bell said. “But when people that are not threatening you, and you feel like they’re a threat to you just because you’re big, or whatever the reason. They need a different resort than going straight to just shooting somebody.”

Bell claimed he was walking toward the officers with knives in both hands because he was cleaning his apartment and said he believed officers would have shot him even if he followed their commands and dropped the weapons, KSL reported.

“[There were] four officers, and they shot one Taser at me,” Bell complained. “No matter what, if they felt threatened, they have three other times they could have used those Tasers. Or, instead of right when they get there, pulling their guns on me? They need some kind of tactical training besides that.”

He said that he thought law enforcement needed to be retrained to de-escalate confrontations, KSL reported.

Bell also said he thought the charges against him should be dropped and claimed he had been walking toward officers to surrender to them.

Watch Bell approaching the officers with knives in the video below:

Comments (116)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Yes, our LEOs need to be retrained - to shoot better.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Complying with simple verbal commands is extremely difficult.............. For some people.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

"On Sunday, he and a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in front of the county attorney’s office to protest the ruling, KSL reported"

The excuse machine kicks into hi gear. 🙄

shooter
shooter

I have a better idea...train civilians to do what they are told when interacting with police...especially if they are holding deadly weapons.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Suspect acted stupidly. Police probably fired more shots than they should have -- especially when one considers the possibility that there were other people in the building.

JBo
JBo

"He said that he thought law enforcement needed to be retrained to de-escalate confrontations, KSL reported."

They did de-escalate. Next?

MSK
MSK

Yes, they do need better training or better ammo because he’s still alive. What a bunch of ignorant assholes these people are.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

"Refuse and resist" never ends well.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The guy takes 11 shots and lives! Screw using tasers!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Screw Black lives Matter! The guy was white!

Fuzzycat
Fuzzycat

The black criminal....societies new martyr. Doesnt matter if they are out "criming" the police should always just politley ask them to behave and I'm sure they would right. After all ALL of them are good boys, turning their lives around, aspiring rappers, good fathers, and gentle giants.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

And people in hell want ice water.... had the suspect dropped the knives, as he was directed to, he wouldn't have gotten shot. And what is he basing this comment on: "he believed officers would have shot him even if he followed their commands and dropped the weapons" hmmm, history has shown us that in the majority of the cases, if you follow the officers commands to drop weapons you don't get shot. It's when you continue to advance on officers while armed, then you get shot, and then you blame the police because you failed to follow their directions.

yes, de-escalate the the confrontation that you caused and you escalated.... want to bet he sues the county, and certain racebaiters want the criminal charges against him dismissed because it was only filed due to racism, ignoring the facts that he came at the officers with weapons in his hands?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why black lives matter is a joke.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

I agree training is needed. Why is he still alive after attacking police?

Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

Cops need to be retrained to shoot immediately when a suspect displays a knife within 30 feet

trainbuff
trainbuff

Can you say; "Liar, liar pants on fire?" Who does this ghetto rat think he's trying to fool with his line of bullshit.

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

They need to learn to de-escalate? I think that’s exactly what they did when they ventilated him 12 times.

Problem solved.

Hammerhead1961
Hammerhead1961

Who brings a knife to a gunfight? The loser!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

The radical group (BLM) needs to tell the suspect when you’re carrying 2 knives toward officers and they are telling you to drop them you better drop them!! It’s amazing how they will protest over something like this. It goes to show how they hate LE.

NomonK
NomonK

I somewhat agree with the victim in this while I don't feel sorry for him at all. First and foremost he should have obeyed the officers commands and dropped the knifes. But I do feel unless an officer feels in immediate danger a shot is the last resort. The officers had backed out ou the Apt. When the first taser was fired then followed him back in. Why weren't at least two more tasers fired when he held the knives away from his body. He started walking towards the officers, walking towards you puts you in immediate danger if you stand your ground. Why didn't they back out as they did earlier and fire the last taser. I'm not a cop I am a LEO supporter but there are always 2 sides to a story. I don't want cops killed or injured for that matter. But I believe the preservation of life and less firing of police weapons are important.

SDLucas
SDLucas

A person that doesn't have the sense to comply with the instructions of two LEO's pointing guns at him and telling him he's about to be shot if he doesn't comply is not qualified to give advice on police tactical procedures. I'm not a cop, just an old soldier, but that seems pretty obvious to me.

OldVet
OldVet

Duh! Put the knives down. BLM is nothing more than an excuse to cover stupid and/or illegal actions. Should be BLE (Black Lives Entitled) not BLM.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Approch police with weapons....refuse to comply to police commands.....get shot.....play the ghetto lottery..... collect a bunch of cash.....repeat.

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

Another idiot bringing a knife to a gun fight! What the hell were they shooting; AirSoft? 11 hits and the clown lives?

Rick8one
Rick8one

How stupid can this guy be... The Officers did what they had to do. I'm amazed he survived.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"Bell claimed he was walking toward the officers with knives in both hands because he was cleaning his apartment". Make sure never to hire this guy (Edward Scissorhands?) to clean your house ...

new2lv2
new2lv2

Whose going to retrain Bell not to be such a moron in life?

Bigg59
Bigg59

My dad always said if you can't listen then you can feel

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

You lying POS!! Neighbors called because they could tell there was a domestic disturbance going on. Police get there and the door jam is destroyed, the door is open and you come out with knives in both hands and refuse to follow commands. And then your lame excuse is you were cleaning?? Or that you felt they would have shot you anyway? Really?? Your sorry ass is just grasping for straws. What is so f--king hard about complying??? You've got nobody to blame but yourself!!

61mouse
61mouse

They need to be retrained alright . Like giving these assholes a 3rd eye and a sand bed !!!

61mouse
61mouse

Give him a shirt that says DON'T bring a knife to a gunfight

PapouTom
PapouTom

Anyone with any knowledge of weapons will tell you that a person with a knife, within 20" of you is more dangerous than a person with a gun! Too bade the officers weren't better shots!

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Cops trespassed and shot an innocent guy.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Fire these "public serv-ants".

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

I can not stop laughing.....you don't follow commands and they even tell you they will shoot you and you don't listen. They shoot you then you want to complain how they did their job...I can't!!!! People truly are stupid! All he wants is a pay out which he most certainly does not deserve! At the end of the day those officers are going home to their families!!!!!

Bmeza
Bmeza

Listen up Jamal, u would have not been shot 11 times at all if you would have just listen to the officers commands to just put the weapons down. Hell u probably could of go e back to bed if u would have spent the time to listen. But no u decided to do what u wanted they gave u several attempts and even backed up to give space u the idiot that continued to provoke and showed agression. So that ur damn fault not there's so live with ur stupidity.

Alanncpd
Alanncpd

The officers responded to a call for service, they didn’t pick this house randomly. After announcing themselves, clearly and in English, the officers in clearly identifiable police uniforms are confronted by an armed subject. Unfortunately, today’s attitude towards law enforcement has become an us against them mentality. Due to some very isolated tragic incidents, there’s no conversation. It seems every time there’s an officer involved shooting, it’s always law enforcement on trial through the media and public opinion first, the officers are placed on administrative leave and have to defend their actions from arm chair quarterbacks and jailhouse lawyers. It’s tragic, I guarantee no officers leave their residence with the thought of hurting anyone.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Was pretty disgusting how they shouted orders at him and handcuffed him after they shot him. Definitely need retraining on that as well as re-training on how to fire fewer bullets. Now that I have seen the video, I don't think they had exigent circumstances sufficient to open the door -- so, really another 4th amendment violation here. Department's insurance company can't be happy about this.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

well jamal, you sure showed everyone what a tough guy you were and we are all mighty impressed....Although I would imagine your now rethinking that as they try to patch up 11 bullet wounds ,eh? Ouch.

Deadfan73
Deadfan73

Yes Mr. Bell, I agree. These four officers absolutely require additional training! Taking 15 shots, missing in 4 of those shots, is a complete waste of good ammunition. Surely 1-2 well placed shots could of dropped him(with both kneecaps gone-he’s not going any further). Better yet, 1 to the head and a criminal is gone, millions saved when we don’t have to try him, give him a lawyer and then feed and house his guilty ass.