VIDEO: Man Slashes At Cop With Machete, Learns He's Actually In A Gunfight

Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Roger Williams shot Salvador Salazar three times during the harrowing encounter.

Athens, GA – Bodycam footage captured the moment when an Athens-Clarke County police officer was nearly slashed by a machete-wielding attacker while responding to a domestic violence call (video below).

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Oct. 5, after police received a report of a domestic disturbance at the University Garden Apartments on Baxter Drive, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Bodycam footage showed Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Roger Williams as he made contact with the camo-clad suspect outside the apartment complex.

“Hey man, what are you doing?” the officer asked him. “Go ahead and get your hands out of your pocket for me.”

But the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Salvador Salazar, ignored his commands and immediately began walking towards Officer Williams, bodycam footage showed.

The officer backed away and drew his duty weapon as he continued to order Salazar to show his hands.

The suspect ignored him and began walking down the sidewalk towards a parking area.

“Stop – hey man – stop!” the officer ordered, trailing along behind Salazar.

When the suspect refused, Officer Williams quickly began advancing on him from behind, the video showed.

Just before he reached him, Salazar pulled a machete out of his pocket with his right hand and swung the blade just inches away from the officer.

Officer Williams rapidly fired three rounds, and the suspect immediately collapsed onto the pavement – but he wasn’t ready to give up just yet.

“Get on the ground now!” the officer ordered, as Salazar moved onto his hands and knees, still gripping the machete.

A second officer arrived at the scene at the same moment, at which point the suspect began crawling with the knife in his hand.

He eventually flattened onto his stomach, but still hadn’t let go of the blade before the clip ended.

Salazar was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, where he remained in serious condition Wednesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

He has been charged with one count of aggravated assault against an officer.

Officer Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave, as per protocol, while the officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (BGI), according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

You can watch bodycam footage of Officer Williams’ encounter with Salazar in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content.

Comments (37)
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Janken
Janken

Please let this no good person go to hell

flybynight
flybynight

Gun 1 Blade 0 never bring a knife.........never mind.

Ragman69
Ragman69

Let the idiot bleed out...

LEO0301
LEO0301

Liberals and police chiefs with no backbone are wondering why the officer didn't run away, call the crisis intervention team, instead of shooting the poor man who was obviously (at least according to the above mentioned critics) experiencing a mental health crisis.

ScottWSteck
ScottWSteck

Was warned several times to both stop he chose to fight. Falls under the heading doing dumb shit.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

What can I say?!

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

''...and the suspect immediately collapsed onto the pavement.'' This my favorite part of the story. Officer Williams, enjoy your paid time off, relax, you did what we expect you to do and what you had to do. You made Athens-Clarke County a little safer, thank you.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Gotta love these knife to gunfight stories. I used to live in a bedroom community called Sleepy Hollow (in Illinois) a neighbor, who still lives there told me about an incident where this guy was coming at a policewoman with a knife. SHe shot him in the leg and that just pissed him off. Fortunately Officer deadeye was on the scene and the guy was fatally shot in the chest as he charged the female officer.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Condition corrected!

duke-one
duke-one

Next!

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a jerk

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Once again folks, Good Guys = 1 Bad Guys = 0
Moral of the story, don't be stupid!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

¡Yo no hablo!

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

Not sure I have enough information to make an informed decision. What brand and what length was the machete? What was the caliber weight and powder load of the rounds fired? Did the officer offer to get a translator for the poor man? He may have just been trying to shave.

Ok sarcasm off. Great job Officer.

Mrdan
Mrdan

You can't fix stupid & obviously this guy was stupid I guess he never heard the expression don't bring a machete to a gun fight you'll lose every time this guy was a perfect example of stupidity

Stanracer
Stanracer

Classic example of what happens when you bring a knife to be gunfight. There's a lesson to be learned here.

alicefae
alicefae

Maybe he didn’t understand English!

4929dow
4929dow

His FTO can sign him off for range training....."MARKSMAN BADGE" issued!

Greg2668
Greg2668

Never bring a knife to a gunfight . DUH.

stupidisasstupiddoes
stupidisasstupiddoes

Black cop shoots white dude? If that's what I just witnessed, who wants to place bets there's no rioting, let alone comments from the usual trolls here. Seems like there's no longer a common denominator. Lol

Paul S
Paul S

Liberal media has or will make the idiot out to be a victim. He truly is a victim of his own stupidity and failure to follow directions. Possible mental health episode not withstanding.

Smedley
Smedley

I guess this "Dreamer" needs a dirt nap.

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

Another Samurai Proctologist!