VIDEO: 'Unarmed Black Man' Shot, But Bodycam Video Proves It's Justified

Danville police released the bodycam video of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Juan Jones.

Danville, VA - Danville Police Department has released video which shows the shooting of 25-year-old Juan Jones Sunday night (video below.)

The incident started as a domestic violence call in the 2300 block of North Main Street at around 1:30 a.m., according to WSET.

Officers arrived and contacted a female victim who said that Jones had attacked her.

While officers were on scene, Jones drove up to officers and they repeatedly ordered him out of the car. He refused to obey their commands before eventually backing his car away from officers.

The officers on scene seemed content to let Jones back away from them, as there was no other way for Jones to drive out.

Officers continued to try to talk to Jones and get him to surrender as they called for backup. Jones moved his car around while continuing to ignore officers' commands.

Jones finally parked his car and remained unresponsive as the officers tried to reason with him.

Finally, Jones accelerated his car forward where it got stuck in the nearby brush.

Officers confronted Jones as he exited his vehicle and attempted to de-escalate the situation while Jones was refusing to show his hands.

An officer deployed his Taser, which had no effect on the suspect.

Finally, Jones brought his hidden hand forward and joined it with his other hand in a shooting stance. Officers reacted by shooting Jones.

Officers provided first aid and called for medics. Jones was transported to Sovah Health where he was pronounced dead.

No weapon was recovered at the scene.

Jones' aunt, Sarah Lipscomb, saw the video before it was released to the media and she claims that the shooting wasn't justified, helping to kick off protests.

Virginia State Police will be handling the investigation, and they will turn over their findings to the Commonwealth's Attorney for review, according to WSET.

You can see the video of the shooting below. The actual shooting happens near the end. WARNING: Graphic content.

Comments (21)
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RunCop
RunCop

Another animal thug bites the dust!

Milman
Milman

This is not a color thing. Same thing would have happened to anyone who turned and pointed their hands towards the police! He knew what he was doing and he got what he was looking for. Emotional people do not think straight but cops cannot wait to find out. These guys were absolutely professional...

Memere
Memere

This is just getting plain stupid! This guy knew if he didn't respond to the directions given by the police officer that he would eventually be shot. It's become widely known and talked about continually for the last... what...three to four years!? People know if you show threatening moves you will most likely be shot! Suicide by cop..? 😢

Righton17
Righton17

Good shoot and it could have been avoided if he had listened and done exactly what the police told him to do. I have watched numerous shooting videos like this and every time the perp refuses to listen and act accordingly. Good shoot.

WalterL48
WalterL48

Glad our men were safe. I see too many of them killed while responding to Domestic Violence calls.

Plato 1076
Plato 1076

This was clearly a successful attempt at suicide by police officer. There was no hatred in the voice or demeanor of the officers. They encouraged him to peacefully allow his arrest and reminded him that his crime was a relatively minor one. He did everything that he could think of, as an unarmed man, to cause them to shoot. His sudden and provocative movement at the end would have caused any rational, well-trained peace officer to fire the fatal shots. Anyone protesting this is a useful idiot of the maniacal left. Police lives matter too.

Duder1897
Duder1897

Good riddance.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good job by the cops. One less woman beater on the planet.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Him and the Aunt are libtard idiots!! All he had to do was comply with the officers!! Instead he decided to pretend he had a gun. Libtardism is so bad that even with the facts and proof, they are still too stupid to see it. The Aunt probably has "ghetto lottery" dreams in her head. Another violent thug off the streets, saved the tax payers some money and all the officers made it home to their families!! Good job!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

People who expect the police to wait to be shot before protecting themselves are idiots. Speaking of idiots, I'm sure we'll hear from our non-police resident trolls on what they think the police should have done in this situation.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Just the facts Mam

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz
Rescuepup
Rescuepup

The cop had no choice. Obviously the snowflakes would have rather had the cop shot.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

The only thing that bothered me about the video was the continued presence of the "victim". She should have been removed from the situation. I can't help but feel her being present created part of the problem. The professional thing to do would have been to call for an ambulance for her if she needed it or directed her to stay in her home. She was at risk by being so close to the event and could have been in harms way had he been armed and come out of the car earlier. Otherwise I thought the officers went above and beyond the call of duty in trying to deescalate and the shooting itself was clearly justified.

JLocke23
JLocke23

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Cut and dry suicide by cop!

Skipper
Skipper

Suicide by cop. He was trying to get shot.

MikeJ6
MikeJ6

There is a new bill submitted to the California State legislature that seeks to restrict use of deadly force by the police. Although this shooting looks justified, under the new proposed law it would not be a good shoot. Under the proposed statute, the officers involved could be held criminally liable.