VIDEO: Officer Stabbed In Sudden Attack At Crash Scene, Family Blames Police

An Atlantic City police officer fatally shot a man who stabbed him in the torso.

Atlantic City, NJ – Harrowing bodycam footage captured the moment that an officer fatally shot a man who attacked him with a knife.

The video has just been released by the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office on Tuesday (video below).

The incident occurred on the evening of June 22, after Atlantic City police officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving injuries, the prosecutor’s office said in a press release.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they spoke with a man and a little girl standing beside a work utility van.

Suddenly, a tall male in a red shirt approached the group with a knife in his hand and honed in on one of the officers.

“Yo man,” he said, as he walked by another officer standing just feet away.

The targeted officer immediately recognized the threat and drew his duty weapon in response, but the assailant continued his charge without hesitation.

“Put it down! Put it down!” the officer commanded, as his attacker raised his right arm above his head.

The officer rapidly fired approximately seven rounds, and the suspect collapsed to the ground behind the van’s rear doors.

“Shots fired! Shots fired! Male down,” another officer immediately notified over the police radio.

“Stay down!” the officer who discharged his weapon commanded, as the suspect rolled onto his back.

“You okay?” one of his fellow officers asked him.

“I might be stabbed, I’m not sure,” the officer calmly replied. “Keep that f - - - - - g gun out – you cover him!”

As the officers placed the suspect into handcuffs, his blood saturated his shirt and began pooling on the pavement, the video showed.

“Male is shot. We’re okay. I’m alright, but I might be stabbed,” the officer updated over the police radio.

The officer was rushed to a local hospital with a stab wound to his torso, prosecutors said.

He was treated and released.

The suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Timothy Deal, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

An autopsy confirmed that he died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” according to prosecutors.

The Atlantic County Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation into the incident.

“The death of Timothy Deal, while tragic, was in response to his unprovoked attack on a police officer with a knife," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in the press release. “We must not lose sight of the fact that a sworn police officer reported to the scene of an accident to protect the public, and was attacked for no apparent reason.

"The officer defended himself and protected the public from untold harm," Tyner continued. "This incident reminds us of how fragile life can be and we should all be thankful that no innocent bystanders were injured.”

Approximately 100 protesters gathered outside the Public Safety Building in the wake of Deal’s death, and demanded that police release bodycam footage of the incident, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

Some held signs that read, “Stop Gun Violence,” and “Timothy Deal RIP.”

“All of us loved him, and he loved everybody out here. We’re out here for Tim, to get justice for Tim,” Deal’s mother, Gloria, told the news outlet. “They killed the wrong kid.”

“We’re going to make them release everything,” Deal’s father, Michael King, agreed.

Deal’s sister, Taria King, refused to believe that her brother carried out the attack.

“He’s not that kind of person,” King told The Press of Atlantic City. “He would not do that. That’s not his personality. It’s not his demeanor.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the dramatic encounter in the two videos below:

Comments (74)
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Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

That could have been Obama's son. 11 years snitching on Seaman in the Navy couldn't prepare me for that. Wonder if the protesters are still out there now???

Budman
Budman

Justified shooting!! Officer will be cleared!! Race is not a factor in this shooting!! Officer defended himself appropriately as trained!!

MParson
MParson

Ok, the video is out. What does the family have to say now?

BiffCanlett
BiffCanlett

The country would be a lot better off if a whole bunch of lawyers got disbarred for abuse of process !

Sipowicz
Sipowicz

screw the scumbag, he got what he asked for. Good shoot, I did 25 yrs on the job and that was textbook use of force.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Maybe............the cop didn't have to shoot so many times........yeah, that might work. The family are probably out looking for new cars now

LEO0301
LEO0301

The prosecutor said it was tragic. No it wasn't. Tragic is when someone innocent gets hurt or killed. This was one less dangerous person removed from the streets.

Felony7603
Felony7603

Both videos confirm that it was a justified shooting. No doubt about it. Just wait though, the media will get this then tweek it. Although race was not a factor the media will make it one. They will emphasize the race factor to get everyone stirred up just to increase their ratings. Watch and see...

AllenP
AllenP

this is what happens when people like maxine waters keeps calling for violence against people just doing their jobs appropriately

Slamdunk101
Slamdunk101

@LEO0301 actually it is tragic. It's tragic for the officer. He's the real victim in this case. Taking a life sucks.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

To JUST MY THOUGHTS: They do NOT just shoot once and wait to see what happens next.They shoot until the danger is over(person goes down).That man was still coming toward the officer through out.Good clean shoot.It always ends up the cop is at fault the the bad guy was a hard working nice church going person.Protest start before the police can even investigate it.Never mind there are videos of the attack.It is another White on Black event.No wonder Racism is alive and well.Sick.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@AllenP I made the same premise about Trump being the cause of the Capital Gazette shooting, but for some reason people can only see the situation only one way.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Wow! Wonder what caliber and rounds he is using. Luckily none appeared to exit the perp, even at that close range. Looks like 2 officers were in the line of fire... Cold have been ugly. Good shoot though. "He was such a good boy..." .

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Slamdunk101 - you're absolutely right. I thought the prosecutor was referring to the suspect being killed. I should have, but didn't consider the officer and what he had to go through.

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Looks like justice was served swiftly and with due diligence. Now if the family sues I hope this officer files a counter suit. It's time to put these money grabbing lawyers and the families they represent back in their cave.

RunCop
RunCop

Animal thug down!

wally4708
wally4708

using the two body cams, it looks like the police offers acted correctly.

Seawalker
Seawalker

The Officer had every right to defend himself. That has nothing to do with race. All lives matter!

Capt mike
Capt mike

One of thousands of officers assaulted /stabbed this year . 36 shot and killed, an additional 39 shot and wounded this year alone

JBo
JBo

I've always said you can't fix stupid, but in this case...

Renegade Spirit
Renegade Spirit

Amazing how many "good kids" that "would never do anything wrong," get caught on video doing the only bad thing in their lives moments before they are shot...

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

“All of us loved him, and he loved everybody out here" a transparent lie.

jmp022871
jmp022871

Why in the HELL would the family be blaming the cops over this? The officers had NO time to do anything different. He came up out of nowhere, armed with a knife, saying nothing, and just started stabbing. There was nothing else to be done. NOTHING.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Be cause they don't care what he did. It had to be someone else's fault.

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

So did we ever find out what the family’s reaction was once they saw their ‘good kid’ on film trying to brutally murder a police officer in broad daylight for no goddamned reason?

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Looking for a government payday to supplement the welfare!

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

I take it back, the Capital Gazette shooting that guy had a beef way back since 2011. Trump had nothing to do with it, nor did Trump EVER advocate anyone to be violent like my Auntie Maxine.

cspcapt
cspcapt

don't bring a knife to a gun fight

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

looks like a good shooting to me.

DannyWmo
DannyWmo

I as well would like to know what the family had to say after the release of the video? And also notice, for all those out there that say the officer didn't have to shoot him, could have used a taser, the officer was stabbed even after engaging him. Imagine if the officer hadn't used lethal force? Glad the officer was not injured any more than he was.

stooge819
stooge819

“The death of Timothy Deal, while tragic, was in response to his unprovoked attack on a police officer with a knife," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in the press release. “We must not lose sight of the fact that a sworn police officer reported to the scene of an accident to protect the public, and was attacked for no apparent reason."

First of all, cops don't "provoke" people into attacking. That's ridiculous. The officers were where this nut happened to be. Second, the officer was attacked "for no apparent reason". The reason that's pretty apparent to me is that this suspect was a deranged criminal who possessed a knife.

We need to get away from this language when describing these incidents. It's damaging to the message that attacking a police officer is never okay and that there is never a reason for it. And all that was from the prosecutor!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Wonder what the stupid family are saying now??

LEO0301
LEO0301

@ByAnyMeensNecessary - good to see you are recognizing the errors of your ways. And thanks for supporting the men in blue, as always. lol

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 I do support good cops. I just don't believe that most cops are good because they don't call out bad ones.

You were a cop, apparently. Maybe you can tell me what scares you so bad?

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

"Wow, that Cop sure overreacted, he could have pulled out a Taser, or even Pepper Spray, or went to his car and retrieved his Shotgun with Non-Lethal Beanbags in the two seconds he had before that Poor, Defenseless, Black Man Stabbed Him!"

Gambit78
Gambit78

Dr Shoe I hope your comment is in the spirit of sarcasm

Memaw187
Memaw187

The families always refuse to believe precious little Twante would do anything bad.Naughty boy can't help himself

bluesk1d
bluesk1d

You spend a fair amount of time commenting on this site and I have always noticed you to be fairly well spoken and at least somewhat educated. That seems at odds with comments like this. You "don't believe that most cops are good" which leads one to reasonably infer you believe most are bad.

This position is not supported by actual facts which indicates you simply choose to believe it because you want to. This type of belief is dangerous because it leads to one of the worst cognitive biases; confirmation. Why not put bias aside and educate yourself? Studies performed by people like Neal E. Trautman Ph.D. suggest "bad" cops represent around 1% nation wide.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d Much appreciated.

I've heard that 99% of cops are good. But if that's the case, please help me answer why good cops dont call out bad or incompetent cops? If the overwhelming majority of cops are good, what are they afraid of?

No cop has ever answered that question. Maybe you can help.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 😂 liar. Last time i asked you deflected and started another argument. I see you're trying to shut the question down now. What's the harm in letting him answer?

@bluesk1d Feel free to answer. Like i said, no cop has or will. Maybe you could help.

Krimzin
Krimzin

You fire your weapon when you life is in danger and you don't stop firing until the threat is no longer present. The only thing he did wrong was, not having a clear line of fire, but sometimes you don't always have that luxury.

KCN
KCN

Glad to see the Officer is ok, yet he will likely feel the affects of PTSD. I for one know that there are always bad cops, corrections Officers, Doctors, Lawyers, Preachers and the like, but truly believe that the vast majority of people that enter these careers do so with goodness and decency in their hearts. Don't let the criminal element, their friennds and family and those just simply ignorant pass judgement.

Krimzin
Krimzin

@Hi_estComnDenomnn You have no idea what you are talking about. You are making absurd assumptions. Police officers will turn in a bad officer in a heartbeat if there is cause. Just because you don't hear about it does not mean is doesn't happen regularly. Its not like they are going to tell you on channel 5 every time there is a disciplinary committee or every time a cop gets fired. You hear about the ones who are fired only if the case has garnered national attention. If not you keep you house in order and you don't broadcast it. The one thing every officer knows is that, they are under scrutiny 100% of the time and anyone adding to that is not tolerated, so yes they can and do turn in bad officers.

bluesk1d
bluesk1d

@Hi_estComnDenomn Easy. They do. What big-picture, secret information do you have access to information that suggest otherwise?

The law enforcement corruption rate is dwarfed by basically any other profession. Why do you suppose that is? Sure, a lot has to do with the selection process (psych eval, extensive interviews, thorough background investigation - not just a records check, polygraph, etc.) but do you honestly think it could be that low if everyone turned a blind eye?

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it's not as exciting as the TV shows. There isn't some big cabal protecting all these scum bag cops. In point of fact, departments do their best to keep a clean house because bad cops are a huge financial liability and make everyone else's job that much harder.

The anecdotal evidence is all around you. Look at what we are seeing with body cams. Tons of claims are shown to be highly exaggerated or outright fabricated. Even just a few years ago, without video evidence, these claims just generated outrage and increased animosity towards police. Maybe it's just that the police aren't the problem?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Thank you, that's the first answer I've gotten that isn't a deflection. Though i have tons more questions, like how problem officers get transferred over and over like Catholic priests, this at least shows me that there is something being done.

I still highly disbelieve 99% are good though. No faction of any society is that good.

bluesk1d
bluesk1d

Like I said, you are simply choosing to disbelieve it. No other societal group is specifically designed and filtered to be "that good."

Do you have some research on how cops get moved around? That's also nonsense. There is no central body that would do this. Also, no agency would accept another's trash to come cause problems for them. It's an anti-pattern.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d I beg to differ. Plenty of agencies accept trash from other departments, apparently. Here are two articles from the left and right side of things, both commenting on the number of cops that got in legal trouble and ended up right back on the street.

Someone's not telling the whole story.