VIDEO: Suspect Rams Police In Insane Pursuit Before Winding Up Justifiably Dead

Bodycam footage of the Herbert Gilbert shooting was just released.

Thomasville, GA – Bodycam footage of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Herbert Gilbert has been released, just days after a grand jury ruled that the agent who shot him was justified in doing so (video below).

The incident occurred on Aug. 15. 2017, while Thomas County drug agents were attempting to serve a search warrant at Gilbert’s residence, WALB reported.

According to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, local police had notified drug squad commander Louis Schofill that they had received several complaints regarding drug activity at Gilbert’s address.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they approached the home, and announced that they had a warrant. The agents immediately entered the residence.

As the search got underway, officers discovered that Gilbert was outside the home, attempting to leave in an SUV.

Agent Schofill positioned his black police pickup truck to block Gilbert’s escape route, but the man suddenly accelerated, and slammed into the patrol unit head-on.

Gilbert then used the SUV to push past the pickup, and was momentarily able to free himself from the blockade.

But the patrol unit continued to keep contact with the rear portion of Gilbert’s SUV, and prevented the suspect from being able to regain full control of his own vehicle.

The persistent officer was able to push the suspect’s vehicle off of the roadway, as their tires squealed down the block.

Gilbert then turned the SUV around in a yard, and came to rest perpendicular to the black patrol pickup.

Officers quickly converged on the man with their weapons drawn, and ordered him out of the vehicle.

According to court documents, Thomas County Drug Agent Josh Smith was positioned between Gilbert’s vehicle and the black patrol pickup, WALB reported.

When Gilbert accelerated towards him, Agent Smith fired seven rounds into the SUV’s windshield, and an eighth round into the passenger side window of the moving vehicle.

Gilbert then crashed into the front driver’s quarter of the black patrol pickup, where the SUV finally stopped, bodycam footage showed.

"Under the facts of the case, when he rammed into the police car, that gave them the basis to arrest him, it just got to where he was trying to get out and put an officer in danger and the officer had to shoot to protect himself or other," District Attorney Brad Shealy said, according to WALB.

Immediately after the shooting, agents ordered Gilbert to show his hands, and to get onto the ground, bodycam footage showed.

Screaming and wailing could be heard in the background, as angry neighbors began to converge on the scene.

An autopsy later concluded that Gilbert sustained nine gunshot wounds, WALB reported.

He was also found to have marijuana and $883 cash in his pockets, and had a set of scales inside the SUV.

On May 10, a Thomas County grand jury concluded that the shooting was justified, The Daily Item reported.

"While the death of Mr. Gilbert is tragic, we find that it was justified under the law," grand jurors stated in their presentment. "Accordingly, we recommend that no further action be taken in this matter."

Shealy said that Gilbert’s family could still opt to pursue a civil suit.

Marches, protests and vigils were held in the wake of the officer-involved shooting, and drew members of the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter to the small town, the Thomasville Times-Enterprise reported.

There were no protests or marches held following the grand jury’s decision, The Daily Item reported.

You can watch bodycam footage of the shooting below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (18)
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Righton17
Righton17

Damn, they sure make a lot of noise. They act like the guy was important or something.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Why do African-American woman scream?!

BigDiDaddy
BigDiDaddy

She is screaming because the weed and money was confiscated
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tblomq
tblomq

pavement apes.

Celtic Gyrl
Celtic Gyrl

They weren’t upset while he was dealing drugs and trying to run police down in his escape vehicle. He escalated that incident, not the officers.

blueriverrose
blueriverrose

bet they would shut up if they started arresting them for interference with law enforcement...

Janabear
Janabear

That was stressful...

AMumThatParents
AMumThatParents

Damn, why'd he have to take it there? If he'd stayed out if the vehicle they just would've made the arrest and he'd be home again soon enough.

And why was the crowd saying that law enforcement didn't have to shoot if they'd really seen it all like some claimed to have? They know that it's being recorded by many different sources so what does lying serve?

And why do people throw themselves on the ground and flop around screaming at the top of their lungs? I mean I get that it's traumatic to see a loved on shot and even understand one or two initial screams but that one just kept going and going? What purpose does that serve or does it help them to deal with it?

Too bad the kids had to see it, people should think about what their actions could do to the kids in their own neighborhood and not choose crazy ineffectual stunts like that. Or did he really think that all hung up like that that he'd actually escape?

I got confused by the people moving all over and being where they were told more than once not to be so these officer's, in my civilian opinion, did a great job keeping their cool and making sure to keep aware of everything. I don't know how they do it and still remain cordial with the accusations and slurs flying around.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Strap that woman to the hood of a cruiser and you wouldn't need a siren. You could hear her screaming over a block away. Only watched the first 3 or 4 minutes. Can't stand the noise, Jesus.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I can only recall a few arrests that I made in a black neighborhood where it didn't draw huge crowds with the same type of reaction. Yelling and screaming about "that's my baby's daddy". Usually there is a bottle or rock thrown at the officers by one of these outstanding citizens just because they think they can get away with it. And they wonder why the police have such outstanding retirement benefits....

GForce48
GForce48

I guess they missed the class lesson on, "Things go easier when you cooperate and don't attempt to run cars into police officers".

Glat1012
Glat1012

I work in Thomasville as a firefighter and I’m glad to see that it was ruled justified. We work very closely with PD and SO and have gotten to know most of them pretty well. After this occurred people were literally bused in from different parts of the country to protest and apparently there’s websites you can go to where you can order protesters and even have levels of violence with your protest.
Ever since this has been released it’s been quiet here thankfully and hopefully it will remain that way

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Maybe they should pull cops out of neighborhoods and let them all work it out themselves..... How would they react if someone tried to kill them like they do to the cops? l'm so sick of this and the screaming does nothing except agitate the crowd into doing more stupid things...... If people didn't deal drugs, shoot at people and cause problems the police wouldn't be after you. It's your fault and no one elses. Get a life and you may save your own.

Andrewfurb44
Andrewfurb44

They're screaming and wailing because their meal ticket just got punched.

Grog
Grog

Oh well....

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Once again ‘it’s the cops fault’ 😡 ‘oh but he was a good boy’. Yeah ok! So sick of this BLM shit. None of them do no wrong! Take the cops out of the hoods & let them all fight it out amongst themselves...profess of elimination!