A Maricopa Sheriff’s Deputy shot what turned out to be an 18-year-old terrorism suspect recently. Moreover, the man threw rocks and pulled a knife before charging the officer.
Shockingly, the suspect, later identified as Ismail Hamed, turned out to allegedly have ties to terrorism networks. “A complaint filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office alleges Hamed ‘intentionally or knowingly, did provide advice, assistance, direction or management’ to the terrorist organization ISIS, which is listed under several formal names, including the Islamic State of Iraq al-Sham,” said a report by azcentral.com.
The incident began when Hamad reportedly called 911 asking to speak to law enforcement. “He told operators he had a knife and some rocks,” according to azcentral.com.
Officer body cam footage shows an officer, later identified as Sgt. Brandon Wells, arrive on scene and begin talking with Hamad in a parking lot. The video shows Hamad say he wants to discuss “political issues.” During the beginning of the encounter, Hamad clearly keeps one hand hidden in the front pocket of his sweatshirt.
Terrorism Suspect Pull Knife
Then after a few minutes of discussion, Wells asks Hamad for identification. However, instead of an ID, Hamad backs up and begins throwing rocks at Wells. The officer draws his weapon, radios that Hamad has assaulted him, and tells Hamad to “Back off.”
However, Hamad then pulls a knife and begins slowly advancing on the officer. Wells backs up, creates space, and orders Hamad to drop the knife several times. He again warns he will shoot the suspect if he doesn’t comply.
But Hamad keeps coming, saying “Shoot me,” forcing Wells to fire two shots into the chest of the suspect.
Hamad faces one count of terrorism under state law, along with a second count for actions seen in the video. He also faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to azcentral.com.
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