Phoenix officer armed and shot child


A Phoenix police officer shot the gun-toting father, who was holding his child in a dramatic encounter, which was captured in body camera footage.

The video, released Monday by the Phoenix Police Department, can hear the officer’s plea with 37-year-old Paul Bolden to take down the child before shooting the child outside a hotel on January 9.

Police responded to the scene after 911 reporting by Bolden’s girlfriend as he was firing from a gun while holding the child.

“[He] Just took my child, he has a gun, he is loaded, he took the child. He is trying to kill her, he is shooting, he shot, “the frantic mother told 911 dispatchers, according to the audio of the call released on Monday.

“He got my son, he stole my son.”

Before police arrived, Bolden grabbed a driver at gunpoint, according to another 911 caller.

When police arrived at the scene, Bolden refused his order to drop the gun, police said.

According to footage in an official radio, “He currently has a child hostage.” “He has a gun, he has already made a gunshot,” the officer continues.

“We need more units, turn off all traffic.”

Bolden then pointed a gun at his child and others, police said, to open the rifle to the officer.

Police were shot from behind the SUV’s door, which obstructed the officer’s body camera.

After firing, an officer decides to run and catch the crying child from the ground.

An officer can be heard saying, “Hold, hold, hold.”

“No, f-k this, baby go! Get the baby!” Another replies.

Bolden was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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