VIDEO: Officer's Taser Fails To Stop Suspect Slashing At Him With Knife

A veteran Denton police officer opened fire as the knife-wielding assailant closed in.

Denton, TX – A knife-wielding man was fatally shot by a veteran Denton police officer in February, after he charged at the officer while swinging the blade, recently released bodycam footage showed (video below).

The incident began at approximately 3 p.m. on Feb. 19, after Denton Police Officer John Landolfo and his trainee, Officer Je’Ni Nelson, investigated a motor vehicle collision, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

The officers were sitting in their patrol car, working on the crash report, when 45-year-old Lawrence Shaw approached their vehicle from behind, and began yelling at them.

The officers got out of their patrol car to check on Shaw, who was not involved in the collision, the Star-Telegram reported.

Shaw pulled out a knife, and began threatening the officers, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

He then walked away, and headed towards a heavily wooded area.

Officer Landolfo drew his weapon, and trailed behind Shaw as he walked along a dirt road, bodycam footage showed.

“Put the knife down!” the officer commanded. “Get down – now!”

“Put the knife down!” Officer Nelson said. “Stop walking!”

Shaw then marched out of the woods, and headed towards the officers.

“I’m going to tase you,” Officer Landolfo cautioned him, with his Taser pointed at the man.

Shaw began swinging the blade, and momentarily stumbled to the ground as the officer deployed the Taser.

“You’re gonna get it again,” Officer Landolfo said, while Shaw returned to his feet.

“Come on!” Shaw taunted him, as the Taser was deployed a second time. “Come on!”

He swung the knife wildly as he charge the officer, who rapidly drew his sidearm with his right hand and fired two rounds.

Shaw collapsed to the ground just feet away from Officer Landolfo.

“Shots fired, shots fired!” the officer said over the radio.

“Do not move!” he said, as he picked up Shaw’s knife and tossed it away. “Get a medic down here...He took one to the face, one to the chest.”

“Stay calm, brother,” he told Shaw, while sirens wailed in the distance. “I didn’t want to do that, man. I did not want to do that....We got help on the way.”

Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene, the Star-Telegram reported.

The Texas Rangers investigated the officer-involved shooting.

On May 3, a grand jury declined to file charges against Officer Landolfo, who has since returned to the street as a patrol officer, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

You can watch officers’ encounter with Shaw in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (15)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Good reaction by the officer. Looks like this guy wanted to die.

RunCop
RunCop

Boom boom out go the lights!!

BobIn704
BobIn704

That poor Christian young man....most likely coming home from church the back roads, and this cop just had to shot. My oh my.......why the black young man.....he as a father of 15, working no jobs, with his meth pipe, not bothering nobody! I sure those will be the headlines...whatever....play games...BOOM BOOM...lose..next!

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

A knife is not a good defensive weapon when the person stalking you wields a gun. Someone mentioned Christian. Since the person being stalked did not kill himself, what is the status of his soul? What is the status of the soul of the person who shot and killed him?

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Nicely done officer, textbook. Too bad that you were forced to end this guy’s life like he wanted, he was just to weak to do it himself.

Hippygal
Hippygal

This officer did everything by the book.

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Unfortunately this is another time when a TASER did not do the job.

HighestCommDemonator
HighestCommDemonator

Seems to be a pattern, lots of this going on all over. I think I would have maced the guy instantly, then when encountering the second time try the taser but be ready for the gun like they were. Its a good tool but seems to have a decent failure rate when it comes to stopping crazy and drugged up people.

HighestCommDemonator
HighestCommDemonator

Actually if you watch the video again I think he used the knife to cut the TASER probe wires when he stood back up. Maybe the duration on the initial hit should last more than 5 seconds on the police model TASERs?

Mrs10
Mrs10

You may need a new screen name. I was really confused at first by the well-written and logical argument when I glanced quickly at your id! 😂

Doc___
Doc___

The subject would be have to be too close to use mace. Too dangerous with a blade.

The express
The express

I got what was coming to him for not doing what he was told to do.People just do what the cops tell you to do and you live .................

rspurgeon
rspurgeon

Great job by the officers text book go home after your shift always

Katarina
Katarina

The officer tried to give the guy a chance. Nothing else he could have done. Wonder what will come back from toxicology? He sure exibited bizzare behavior.

DVK9
DVK9

Not letting any knife wielding person within 10' of me. When the story said he was swing his arms after being tased he was cutting the lines. The officer did the right thing.