Cincinnati Police Refused Shooting Suspect Threatening Suicide By Cop

Cincinnati Police Refused Shooting Suspect Threatening Suicide By Cop
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Cincinnati police Jesse Kidder is making headlines for refusing to shoot a double murder suspect who threatened suicide by cop. Kidder remained adamant not to fire his gun even after being provoked intensely by the suspect. The courageous act was recorded by Kidder’s body cam, and the recording has since been praised as the best example of how police should conduct their duties.


“Shoot Me, shoot me!”

On April 19, Kidder was tasked to arrest Michael Wilcox, who is charged with the murder of his ex-fiancé along with the suspected killing of his best friend. Wilcox tried to evade arrest and attempted to commit suicide by cop.

“He jumped out and he sprinted towards me. I had my firearm already drawn on me, and I told him to put his hands up in the air and he was screaming as he was yelling, ‘Shoot me, shoot me’,” Kidder told WLWT5.

“So he’s got his arms at his side while he’s running at me and that’s the first thing I noticed. He put his hand in his pocket there, so my eyes are watching that hand right now and nothing else,” Kidder shared.

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He said his primary intention was to open a dialogue with Wilcox and make it clear that he had no intentions of shooting him.

“I was trying to open a dialogue with him. ‘I don’t want to shoot you, get on the ground,’ but he wasn’t having it. He kept repeating, ‘Shoot me.’ At one point, he said ‘Shoot me or I’ll shoot you,'” Kidder said.

At one point, Kidder lost balance as Wilcox continuously charged towards him. Kidder was able to resist shooting Wilcox until backup arrived.

Jesse Kidder

Kidder served twice in Iraq as a Marine and is actually a Purple Heart recipient. He has been with the New Richmond police for only a year.

“For him to make the judgment call that he did show great restraint and maturity. This video footage, it eliminated all doubt that this officer would have been justified if in fact it came to a shooting,” said New Richmond Police Chief Randy Harvey.

“Law enforcement officers all across the nation have to deal with split-second decisions that mean life or death. I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force,” said Kidder.

Wilcox admitted to the murder

Wilcox admitted to murdering his girlfriend Courtney Fowler and his best friend Zach Gilkison. In a court affidavit, Wilcox said he murdered the two because he was high and intoxicated and he heard voices and music telling him to go for the kill.

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