After officer Joshua Hilling pulled over Javier Pablo Aleman, while he walking down Interstate 75 in Ohio, Aleman said he didn’t have any identification. Hilling asked that he a place his hands on the police car for his own safety. Instead of following orders, Aleman pulled out a knife and began shouting, “I’m going to kill you!”
Hilling was wearing a body camera that captured dramatic footage of the officer discharging one round in Aleman’s abdomen to prevent him from attacking. It’s then that Aleman began Hilling to kill him.
Instead of pulling the trigger again, however, Hilling called for backup. Even though Aleman refused to drop his weapon, the police were finally able to disarm him without fatally wounding him.
Hilling won’t be charged for the shooting on March 29, but Aleman faces charges of attempted murder.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said of the incident in a press conference:
Joshua Hilling deserves a medal for what he did. He showed remarkable restraint involving the confrontation of an individual who was clearly armed. Hilling didn’t know at the time that Aleman was a wanted fugitive in Baltimore County, in connection to the fatal stabbing of his landlord Victor Adolfo Serrano on March 17. The officer’s actions now stand as a shining example to American officers of how a dangerous situation can be handled without resorting to deadly force.
Unfortunately, that was not the case in a confrontation between a knife wielding man and police in Sacramento, who shot him dead. See the video below for more on that story: