North English, Iowa - A suicidal North English man's wish came true after he raised a gun to police officers. Video of the encounter shows one of the responding officers shooting the man with buckshot from a 12 gauge shotgun (video below.)
Officers were called to the home of Robin Blaylock on June 10 for a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, Blaylock was armed with a rifle and telling officers to shoot him.
At one point, Blaylock even raised the gun to officers, and the officers did not fire.
The police officers on scene continued to try to talk Blaylock into dropping his gun while containing him. He finally raised his gun to another officer, who responded by shooting once with his department shotgun.
The shotgun blast was fatal, and Robin Blaylock was pronounced dead on scene.
“In this case, the actions of Robin Blaylock pointing his firearm not once but twice at officers, while refusing to obey officer commands, justified the use of deadly force against Robin Blaylock,” McMeen said.
“The officers could have on more than one occasion on June 10, 2017, feared for their own safety or the safety of the other officers such that the use of deadly force by Officer Blake Heller was justified under these circumstances.
“As a result, the Iowa County Attorney’s office has made the determination that the shooting of Robin Blaylock, while being a homicide, was a justified homicide on the part of Officer Blake Heller."
After the shooting, Officer Heller was placed on leave, but has since been cleared to return to work.
You can see the video of the shooting below. WARNING - Graphic Content: