Arizona police have just released bodycam footage that shows the moment a police officer is forced to shoot an alleged ISIS “lone wolf” terrorist after multiple warnings to put down a knife. The guy started out throwing rocks at the officer and then pulled the knife. He was shot when he would not comply.
Ismail Hamed, 18, was taken into custody and to a hospital after he confronted a Maricopa County sergeant outside a sheriff’s substation in Fountain Hills on January 7th. Hamed was born in the US and he has been labeled a homegrown violent extremist in the process of ‘radicalizing’. This stunt was his attempt to promote terror by wounding or killing the deputy according to investigators.
Sheriff Paul Penzone presented at a press conference the video and audio from a 911 call Hamed placed minutes before he was shot. During the call, Hamed asked to speak with MCSO officers and warned the 911 dispatcher that he was armed with rocks and a knife. Nice of him to let them know ahead of time. This looks like an attempted suicide-by-cop event. “My name is Ismail Hamed,” he said. “I live in Fountain Hills, and I’m owing my allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. I just want a cop to come real quick and I want to deal with them.”
“I would like to do something in protest for the people suffering in Palestine and in the Middle East,” Hamed stated. “I owe my allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” Why isn’t this all over the media? This is actual news.
When Sgt. Brandon Wells arrived at the substation, his bodycam showcased Hamed throwing rocks at him as the officer repeatedly shouted: “Back off!” That’s when the guy pulled a knife and started advancing on the officer. “Drop it. Drop the knife. I will you shoot you,” the sergeant says. This is standard procedure and what officers are trained to do. He repeated the warnings over and over again to no avail. Hamed kept advancing despite the warnings. The officer kept his word and shot Hamed twice.
Hamed was eventually taken to a hospital after two officers got him to finally show both his hands. He was then booked into jail on an aggravated assault charge the following day. Prosecutors later added a terrorism charge, alleging that Hamed provided advice, assistance, direction or management to the Islamic State of Iraq.
Hamed proceeded to plead not guilty to the terrorism charge on January 24th and is due back in court on March 8th. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office made an effort to seal the probable cause statement, a police report, 911 calls and footage of the incident, but a judge ordered the release of those records earlier this week amid pressure from the media. Why would they do that? It was possibly an ongoing investigation but sounds very suspicious.
An initial press release from the sheriff’s department stated:
“On the afternoon of Monday, January 7, 2019, a caller repeatedly called 911 stating he wanted to talk to an MCSO deputy at the MCSO Fountain Hills Substation located at 16705 E. Ave. of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ.
“At approximately 5:30 pm an MCSO Sergeant went outside to the substation parking lot and contacted the subject, later identified as an 18-year old male from Fountain Hills.
“The male subject began throwing rocks at Sergeant. The suspect then brandished a knife and advanced towards the Sergeant, despite his repeated commands for him to drop the weapon.
“The Sergeant discharged his service weapon which incapacitated the suspect. First aid was rendered on scene and the suspect was transported to the hospital. At the time of this release, the suspect is expected to survive his injuries.
“The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more details will be released as they become available.”
This is a guy who had pledged his allegiance to ISIS. An ISIS-supporting group posted an image online depicting an explosion at the top of the third-tallest office tower in downtown Los Angeles just this week. The image shows a camouflage-clad jihadist holding an ISIS flag with the evening L.A. skyline in the background and the glow of flames coming from the hillside beneath his feet. This is depicted at the top of the Aon Center, the 62-story tower at 707 Wilshire Blvd. in the city’s financial district. The words above the image stated: “Our promise will soon be fulfilled.”
Perhaps we should take that seriously just as we should the Arizona incident.