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

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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:

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bluesk1d
bluesk1d

I don't have a sub for WSJ. The other one only serves to disprove your point. The department was actively trying to get rid of them, not protect them with transfers.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d the department may have been trying to get rid of them, but they got picked up by another department. You say that doesn't happen, and it clearly does.

bluesk1d
bluesk1d

Not sure if you actually read it but the same department was forced to rehire them by a third party appeal decision. They we're not surreptitiously shuffled around as you suggested. You are conflating two scenarios in one of which the department is doing their due diligence and the other, not illustrated here, fits your narrative.

I also don't suggest that has never happened for one reason or another. It's just not risen to the level of statistical relevance.

Plenty of cops are also unjustly unemployable due to false statements and manufactured outrage. Darren Wilson can never work again even though several autopsies and eventual recanted false testimonies proved he was telling the truth in the end. How many of these rehires are due to legitimately unjustified firings?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d that, i don't know and can't find. but thank you for taking my question legitimately. I'll let it rest until I find something more concrete, because there is still doubt, common-sense-wise, that any organization on this planet is 99% good.

bluesk1d
bluesk1d

Well there are people smarter than the both of us providing data that suggests otherwise.

It's not possible to change your mind on the matter since your opinion isn't data-driven. It's chosen.

You just have to remember that law enforcement personnel don't reflect the "goodness" of a random cross-section of the population. They are hand selected to meet those standards.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d Welp, since you want to keep driving your point home, I'll include an exerpt from the WSJ article.

"Gary Allen Steele fired a gun near his former girlfriend during an argument. Donald Snider harassed a minor. Claudia Wright faced forgery charges. Frank Garcia was accused of shooting out his window while driving drunk.

All pleaded guilty to crimes or left jobs to avoid prosecution. All were police officers at the time of their alleged misconduct. All still are."

This is one article about just a handful of police that are on the street. I conceded this argument to gather more information, but the article amplifies my point.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d I'll have more data for you. then you can refute that if you wish.

bluesk1d
bluesk1d

Again, this does not help your point. It helps mine. The department cannot be blamed for trying to get rid of them and having a court reverse their decision. That is the exact opposite of the good ole boy network you are alleging.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bluesk1d it most certainly is not. take a look at the whole article. you don't need WSJ subscription to read it.

Grog
Grog

The sister "refuses" to believe he attacked the officer? WTF is wrong with her eyes?

BacktheTrueBlue
BacktheTrueBlue

Ok. here is your response. I worked almost 10 years with a local PD and during that time four officers, one of them an LT, were terminated for misconduct. ALL of them were turned in by fellow officers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@[BackTheTrueBlue - Your response to numb nuts is similar to mine yet he still challenges that the police don't police their own. It's a conversation that you will never win with him because of his intense hatred for law enforcement.

5iron
5iron

If the family wants to blame someone blames MAXINE WATERS for stirring up hatred for police and all law enforcement. He attacks the police on camera and now the protest and law suits for the choirboy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@5iron But Waters didn't say anything about the police. Quit lying.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BacktheTrueBlue There should be an article about that. Got one?

sheriffsmom
sheriffsmom

Until you really know what it's like to have literally 2-3 seconds response time to protect your life and the lives of the innocents around (including that little girl), just stop this hatred. The officers were at a scene of a hit and run talking to a family. They were not in "ready" position called to a scene where someone was running with a knife. The officer DID get stabbed. I believe the video is quite clear. That happened so fast that if one little detail had been different maybe the officer would be dead as well as others around him, or the officer and attacker would be dead, OR all would be alive. You just NEVER know. He could have turned on an innocent bystander. You think all cops are bad? How about politicians? Every one of them has their hands in someone's pocket and the country is a mess - both right and left to blame but there definitely aren't enough politicians in prison to satisfy me. No it's not okay but jumping to conclusions all the time makes it worse. You stop thinking for yourself and you lose empathy.

Walt 324
Walt 324

The Liberal Public has gone insane. They really think an Officer has to be shot or stabbed before he can defend himself. There is no way I would be an Officer today. You can all keep killing each other and enjoy your short life of drugs and crime.

amdguru
amdguru

@Hi_estComnDenomn, It's idiots like Maxine Walters and everyone at CNN who are creating this hate for law enforcement. If you don't know that by now, it's because you just want to ignore it much like the dead perp's family in this video is choosing to ignore the fact that he attacked the officer. This piece of garbage Timothy Deal was the one who started this by attacking the officer. The officer only protected himself and did nothing wrong. Glad no officers were hurt. God bless law enforcement.

pinkejon
pinkejon

They do call out bad cops. But people like you over inflate the amount of bad cops, or bad use of force, or bad shoots. You seem to think it the rule when its the exception. But please don't let facts get in the way of your cop bashing.

KuntaKinte2020
KuntaKinte2020

Play stupid games.... win stupid prizes.

C911
C911

Amazing response on the officers side! It happened so quick and he was on his game. Very happy the officer survived and one more crazy person off the streets. Thank you to Leo’s that still wake up everyday and go to work, just to protect us.

HowieFelterSnatch
HowieFelterSnatch

That perp looks tired

Scotalan
Scotalan

Obamanistas. The police acted stupidly. The mouth heard 'round the world.

Mafra
Mafra

Sorry for the question, but is it the standard for the American police officer to shoot until the person is stopped or they have acted wrongly in this action? I'm from Brazil, just for the record.


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