VIDEO: Officer Facing Suspension For Tackling Armed Suspect Threatening Cops

A Seattle police officer heroically subdued a man who was threatening people with an ice axe in 2017.

Seattle, WA – A heroic Seattle police officer faces potential suspension after his supervisor filed a complaint against him after he courageously subdued a man who threatened people with an ice axe.

Recently released bodycam footage of the Aug. 21, 2017 incident showed Seattle officers as they entered an REI store on Yale Avenue North, KOMO reported.

Security personnel at the store had contacted police after James Smith was seen stealing an ice axe.

When a female employee confronted him and attempted to stop him from leaving the store, Smith threatened her with the axe, the security officers told police.

The officers followed Smith outside of the store, as he blatantly refused to stop or to comply with the officers’ commands.

"He's been looking back at me, and he's holding it up like this like he's going to swing it at me," one officer said in the video.

They continued to follow the axe-wielding man down the sidewalk for many blocks, and ushered unsuspecting citizens out of his path.

“Man, it’s okay – just drop the ice axe,” an officer said at one point. But Smith marched on ahead.

“At some point, if we don't act, someone's going to get hurt," Seattle Police Officers Guild President Kevin Stuckey told KOMO.

The officers recognized an opportunity to end the threat when Smith turned down a narrow corridor near the Seattle Times building.

The officers closed in, and warned the suspect that he would be tased if he did not comply, but Smith responded by raising the axe over his head.

When he turned away from officers to resume his march, Seattle Officer Nick Guzley swiftly raced up on the man’s right side, and tackled him against a concrete barrier, pinning his arms to his sides.

The situation was immediately quelled, no one was injured, and Smith was taken into custody, KOMO reported.

He was subsequently convicted of robbery, and remains in prison.

“I thought it was a commendable act,” Stuckey said. “The alternative is to continue to let him keep walking, until he walks into somebody while he’s clearly having a mental break, and he hits them in the head. And then what? Then the question would be, ‘Why didn't you act sooner?’"

But instead of being hailed for safely subduing the axe-wielding man, Officer Guzley faces possible punishment for his actions.

Following the incident, one of his own supervisors filed a complaint against him with the Office of Police Accountability, alleging that the officer “failed to de-escalate” the situation, KOMO reported.

Officer Guzley could be suspended without pay for two days – a decision that will ultimately be left up to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best following the officer’s May 11 due process hearing.

You can see clips from the bodycam video obtained by KOMO news below:

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Sac9861
Sac9861

Failed to de-escalate??? WTF is this “Supervisor” looking at?

Aaron57
Aaron57

I've met Officer Guzley. He's a good man, and a good officer.

Marxest
Marxest

His Superior is disciplining him for doing his job??? He resolved the situation to the best of his ability with a minimal use of force. No shots were fired. He should be praised. Something doesn't sound right. Sounds like it's something personal...

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

With supervision like this in that PD, that city is doomed! That supervisor should be fired but instead will probably end up getting promoted. How very sad for that officer that did such a great job.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Seattle is on the Left Coast of La La Land. They are so "liberal" that they have a statue of Lenin, the communist dictator of the Soviet Union who murdered millions in the city.
PC policing is the latest Cultural Marxist

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg
Spreading more lies, i see. That statue is privately owned, and if the city wants to take it down, they have to buy it from the owners.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Just another "supervisor" trying to justify his existence. I can guarantee you it wasn't his Sgt. Definitely a Lt. or above.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, you stop spreading the lies. @DieselDawg didn't say the city owned it, only that it existed in the city, dumbass.

gfc1963
gfc1963

How is this possible?? This cop does his job and some shithead superviser might suspend him?? How do you de-escalate a situation when the suspect ignores all your comands?? God help him if he had shot the suspect!!

b1rd
b1rd

@John-Brown H_C Dumbass sure is easy pickings isn't he.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

This officers supervisor is the one who needs to suspended!!! No one got hurt and there was no police brutality!!! They handled it perfectly.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Just another day in a Liberal utopia! Liberalism Is A Serious Mental Illness, Please Help Us Find A Cure For Liberalism!

SgtGonzo
SgtGonzo

Maybe the idiot supervisor expected them to follow the suspect until he ran out of gas, like a vehicle pursuit! That Sergeant is an embarrassment to the badge.

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

This is the problem. Officers are going to double think things and that will put them in danger. Officers will die from this environment that they have to hesitate on every call. I just saw a picture of a gun that folds into what looks like a cell phone. If an office hesitates he will die. This officer did the right thing and I hope he appeals any disciplinary action.

NomonK
NomonK

Liberals are destroying America. With Supervisors like this I suppose he wanted the officer wounded by the ax.

aaaallen
aaaallen

Just like your typical Trump supporting conservative, you people love to blame Libs or insult the behavior of those you hate by calling them Liberal! But I think you'd better look up the word “conservative” because that's exactly what your getting from that idiot Sergeant that wanted more De-escalation instead getting the job done before someone innocent bystander got hurt! What Liberals would have praised would have been NOT shooting the man & NOT beating him! In Texas or Florida... this man would have been automatically shot dead with no thought of taking him alive for just having a deadly weapon in his hands! I'm all for De-escalation, but when it's not working & you can see the suspect in not gonna cooperate, it's time to change it up & get things done. This Officer did it exactly the way we teach it in our Defensive Tactics classes, they took the man down without shooting him, when 8 times outta 10 that man would have been dead in the same situation almost any place else! Even in Seattle!

RTUT
RTUT

"Following the incident, one of his own supervisors filed a complaint against him with the Office of Police Accountability, alleging that the officer “failed to de-escalate” the situation, KOMO reported." What has gone wrong with police leadership when a 'supervisor' submits a complaint like this?

Tlaw
Tlaw

Sounds like his supervisor is a snowflake...! That looked like good police work to me.

pauly5
pauly5

It figures that a desk jockey who is not on the street nor responded to the scene thinks that they need to "champion the poor, mistreated and misunderstood criminal." The prosecutor understood, the judge understood and the jury understood that he was a violent felon and needed to be incarcerated. Their job is to train and keep their officers safe. This officer acted with good judgment and did not escalate the incident to where deadly physical force was necessary. Just another useless idiot who could take a test but was probably a giant piece of shit out on the street. They are the ones who need a sit down by the chief.